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  •  Mr Ernest Aubee the Chairman Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Regional Steering Committee ECOWAS Commission on Thursday said that Organic Agriculture is generating lots of resources globally Aubee said this in Abuja during a two day national stakeholders meeting on reporting achievements of EOA in Nigeria to the government and national stakeholders ECOWAS Commission is promoting Organic Agriculture in West Africa We as a region want to benefit from the high turnover in terms of resources so that our farmers can also benefit the chairman said He said that Organic Agriculture is the best way to adopt because it is promoting sound health for the people in West Africa in terms of protecting the environment and enhancing livelihoods Aubee said that most people were used to conventional agriculture as such it would take a long time to convince them on Organic Agriculture which he said was one of the major challenges experienced in the practice He said that Organic Agriculture is a specilised way of farming which requires certain standards regulations and laws A number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working hard to have those laws regulations and standards The ECOWAS Commission is supporting them in the development of the standards Aubee said He said that for Organic Agriculture to thrive in the region the emphasis should be on the small farmers ECOWAS has projects in all the 15 member states to support Organic Agriculture We also support various research activities so that the technology that is developed meets the requirements of the small farmers Aubee said The Executive Secretary Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN Prof Garba Sharabutu while welcoming participants said the council is in the vanguard of promoting Organic Agriculture in Nigeria Sharabutu was represented by the Director Plant Resources Department ARCN Dr Oluwafemi Salako He said that the stakeholders meeting was to report developments of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria with a view to see how it can be enhanced and enlarged to ensure food security We want to see how this meeting will better the life of every Nigerian Sharabutu said The Country Coordinator EOA Initiative in Nigeria Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa commended all stakeholders at the meeting for their efforts to enhance Organic Agriculture in the country Adeoluwa said that the Ministry of Agriculture is working effortlessly to put up the draft policy on Organic Agriculture assuring that it will be approved very soon by the executive arm of government We do hope that when this policy is out Nigerians should be able to do the Organic Agriculture business well he said Mr Salimonu Oladipo a farmer from Oyo state applauded the practice of Organic Agriculture describing it as the best way of farming Organic Agriculture is very profitable and sustainable at least I have been practicing it for the past 10 years Oladipo said He urged the Federal Government to urgently roll out a policy supporting Organic Agriculture practices as soon as possible NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Organic Agriculture generates lots of resources globally — committee chairman, ECOWAS
     Mr Ernest Aubee the Chairman Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Regional Steering Committee ECOWAS Commission on Thursday said that Organic Agriculture is generating lots of resources globally Aubee said this in Abuja during a two day national stakeholders meeting on reporting achievements of EOA in Nigeria to the government and national stakeholders ECOWAS Commission is promoting Organic Agriculture in West Africa We as a region want to benefit from the high turnover in terms of resources so that our farmers can also benefit the chairman said He said that Organic Agriculture is the best way to adopt because it is promoting sound health for the people in West Africa in terms of protecting the environment and enhancing livelihoods Aubee said that most people were used to conventional agriculture as such it would take a long time to convince them on Organic Agriculture which he said was one of the major challenges experienced in the practice He said that Organic Agriculture is a specilised way of farming which requires certain standards regulations and laws A number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working hard to have those laws regulations and standards The ECOWAS Commission is supporting them in the development of the standards Aubee said He said that for Organic Agriculture to thrive in the region the emphasis should be on the small farmers ECOWAS has projects in all the 15 member states to support Organic Agriculture We also support various research activities so that the technology that is developed meets the requirements of the small farmers Aubee said The Executive Secretary Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN Prof Garba Sharabutu while welcoming participants said the council is in the vanguard of promoting Organic Agriculture in Nigeria Sharabutu was represented by the Director Plant Resources Department ARCN Dr Oluwafemi Salako He said that the stakeholders meeting was to report developments of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria with a view to see how it can be enhanced and enlarged to ensure food security We want to see how this meeting will better the life of every Nigerian Sharabutu said The Country Coordinator EOA Initiative in Nigeria Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa commended all stakeholders at the meeting for their efforts to enhance Organic Agriculture in the country Adeoluwa said that the Ministry of Agriculture is working effortlessly to put up the draft policy on Organic Agriculture assuring that it will be approved very soon by the executive arm of government We do hope that when this policy is out Nigerians should be able to do the Organic Agriculture business well he said Mr Salimonu Oladipo a farmer from Oyo state applauded the practice of Organic Agriculture describing it as the best way of farming Organic Agriculture is very profitable and sustainable at least I have been practicing it for the past 10 years Oladipo said He urged the Federal Government to urgently roll out a policy supporting Organic Agriculture practices as soon as possible NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Organic Agriculture generates lots of resources globally — committee chairman, ECOWAS
    General news2 months ago

    Organic Agriculture generates lots of resources globally — committee chairman, ECOWAS

    Mr Ernest Aubee, the Chairman Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Regional Steering Committee, ECOWAS Commission, on Thursday said that Organic Agriculture is generating lots of resources globally.

    Aubee said this in Abuja during a two-day national stakeholders meeting on reporting achievements of EOA in Nigeria to the government and national stakeholders.

    “ECOWAS Commission is promoting Organic Agriculture in West Africa.

    “We, as a region want to benefit from the high turnover in terms of resources so that our farmers can also benefit,” the chairman said.

    He said that Organic Agriculture is the best way to adopt because it is promoting sound health for the people in West Africa in terms of protecting the environment and enhancing livelihoods.

    Aubee said that most people were used to conventional agriculture, as such it would take a long time to convince them on Organic Agriculture which he said was one of the major challenges experienced in the practice.

    He said that Organic Agriculture is a specilised way of farming which requires certain standards, regulations and laws.

    “A number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working hard to have those laws, regulations and standards.

    “The ECOWAS Commission is supporting them in the development of the standards,” Aubee said.

    He said that for Organic Agriculture to thrive in the region, the emphasis should be on the small farmers.

    “ECOWAS has projects in all the 15-member states to support Organic Agriculture.

    “We also support various research activities so that the technology that is developed meets the requirements of the small farmers,” Aubee said.

    The Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) Prof. Garba Sharabutu, while welcoming participants, said the council is in the vanguard of promoting Organic Agriculture in Nigeria.

    Sharabutu was represented by the Director, Plant Resources Department, ARCN, Dr Oluwafemi Salako.

    He said that the stakeholders meeting was to report developments of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria with a view to see how it can be enhanced and enlarged to ensure food security.

    “We want to see how this meeting will better the life of every Nigerian,” Sharabutu said.

    The Country Coordinator EOA Initiative in Nigeria, Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa commended all stakeholders at the meeting for their efforts to enhance Organic Agriculture in the country.

    Adeoluwa said that the Ministry of Agriculture is working effortlessly to put up the draft policy on Organic Agriculture assuring that it will be approved very soon by the executive arm of government.

    “We do hope that when this policy is out, Nigerians should be able to do the Organic Agriculture business well,” he said.

    Mr Salimonu Oladipo, a farmer from Oyo state applauded the practice of Organic Agriculture describing it as the best way of farming.

    “Organic Agriculture is very profitable and sustainable, at least I have been practicing it for the past 10 years,” Oladipo said.

    He urged the Federal Government to urgently roll out a policy supporting Organic Agriculture practices, as soon as possible.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   By Patience Omoha and Ugochi Ugochukwu Dr Olugbenga Ade Oluwa National Coordinator Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria says the country is among the least countries practising organic agriculture in African Ade Oluwa said this during the inauguration of the 2021 annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit NOABS Local Organising Committee LOC on Thursday in Abuja He said that one of the essences of the summit is to scale up Nigeria s level of participation in organic farming and improve its development The summit will create awareness on the benefits of organic farming and improve on the marketing of the product within and outside Nigeria It is also one of the ways of addressing the challenges of organic agriculture development in the country he said The coordinator emphasised the need for capacity building of practitioners in the organic agriculture sector to contribute to food security income generation employment and systems resilience among other benefits It will create job opportunities improve the livelihood of stakeholders and ensure a wider spread of benefits of organic agriculture to all stakeholders It will also improve local development of export business in organic agriculture provide a platform for producers and business people in the value chain to network The summit he said is expected to also mainstream organic agriculture into regular activities of relevant ministries departments and agencies The Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC and Chairman of the LOC Olusegun Awolowo said that global organic product sales might move from 100 billion to 150 billion within the next five years Awolowo who was represented by Mr Salami Akinshola the Deputy Director Product Development Department said it is an opportunity to develop Nigeria s organic food sector with the high demand for organic product both locally and internationally According to him many Nigeria agro products such as ginger hibiscus moringa tiger nuts sesame seed turmeric soybeans can be grown organically He said that it took over 15 years for global organic product sales to reach 50 billion in 2008 adding that it surpassed the 100 billion mark in 2018 With COVID 19 changing the way we shop and eat the next leap to 150 billion could be within the next five years Awolowo said He said that the value of organic food demand has risen significantly due to global awareness on the essence of food safety concern and focus on organically produced crops NAN reports that the Organic Agriculture Business Summit scheduled for September will focus on improving the quality of organic produce from Nigeria It will also address the incidence of Nigerian produce being rejected in the world market NAN NAN
    Nigeria among least countries in African organic agriculture sector – EOA
      By Patience Omoha and Ugochi Ugochukwu Dr Olugbenga Ade Oluwa National Coordinator Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria says the country is among the least countries practising organic agriculture in African Ade Oluwa said this during the inauguration of the 2021 annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit NOABS Local Organising Committee LOC on Thursday in Abuja He said that one of the essences of the summit is to scale up Nigeria s level of participation in organic farming and improve its development The summit will create awareness on the benefits of organic farming and improve on the marketing of the product within and outside Nigeria It is also one of the ways of addressing the challenges of organic agriculture development in the country he said The coordinator emphasised the need for capacity building of practitioners in the organic agriculture sector to contribute to food security income generation employment and systems resilience among other benefits It will create job opportunities improve the livelihood of stakeholders and ensure a wider spread of benefits of organic agriculture to all stakeholders It will also improve local development of export business in organic agriculture provide a platform for producers and business people in the value chain to network The summit he said is expected to also mainstream organic agriculture into regular activities of relevant ministries departments and agencies The Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC and Chairman of the LOC Olusegun Awolowo said that global organic product sales might move from 100 billion to 150 billion within the next five years Awolowo who was represented by Mr Salami Akinshola the Deputy Director Product Development Department said it is an opportunity to develop Nigeria s organic food sector with the high demand for organic product both locally and internationally According to him many Nigeria agro products such as ginger hibiscus moringa tiger nuts sesame seed turmeric soybeans can be grown organically He said that it took over 15 years for global organic product sales to reach 50 billion in 2008 adding that it surpassed the 100 billion mark in 2018 With COVID 19 changing the way we shop and eat the next leap to 150 billion could be within the next five years Awolowo said He said that the value of organic food demand has risen significantly due to global awareness on the essence of food safety concern and focus on organically produced crops NAN reports that the Organic Agriculture Business Summit scheduled for September will focus on improving the quality of organic produce from Nigeria It will also address the incidence of Nigerian produce being rejected in the world market NAN NAN
    Nigeria among least countries in African organic agriculture sector – EOA
    General news1 year ago

    Nigeria among least countries in African organic agriculture sector – EOA

    By Patience Omoha and Ugochi Ugochukwu

    Dr Olugbenga Ade-Oluwa, National Coordinator, Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria says the country is among the least countries practising organic agriculture in African.

    Ade-Oluwa said this during the inauguration of the 2021 annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit (NOABS) Local Organising Committee (LOC) on Thursday in Abuja.

    He said that one of the essences of the summit is to scale up Nigeria’s level of participation in organic farming and improve its development.

    “The summit will create awareness on the benefits of organic farming and improve on the marketing of the product within and outside Nigeria.

    “It is also one of the ways of addressing the challenges of organic agriculture development in the country,’’ he said.

    The coordinator emphasised the need for capacity building of practitioners in the organic agriculture sector to contribute to food security, income generation, employment and systems resilience among other benefits.

    “It will create job opportunities, improve the livelihood of stakeholders and ensure a wider spread of benefits of organic agriculture to all stakeholders.

    “It will also improve local development of export business in organic agriculture, provide a platform for producers and business people in the value chain to network.’’

    The summit, he said, is expected to also mainstream organic agriculture into regular activities of relevant ministries, departments and agencies.

    The Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Chairman of the LOC, Olusegun Awolowo, said that global organic product sales might move from $100 billion to $150 billion within the next five years.

    Awolowo, who was represented by Mr Salami Akinshola, the Deputy Director, Product Development Department said `it is an opportunity to develop Nigeria’s organic food sector with the high demand for organic product both locally and internationally’’.

    According to him, many Nigeria agro products such as ginger, hibiscus, moringa, tiger-nuts, sesame seed, turmeric, soybeans, can be grown organically.

    He said that it took over 15 years for global organic product sales to reach $50 billion in 2008, adding that it surpassed the $100 billion mark in 2018.

    “With COVID-19 changing the way we shop and eat, the next leap to $150 billion could be within the next five years,’’ Awolowo said.

    He said that the value of organic food demand has risen significantly due to global awareness on the essence of food safety concern and focus on organically produced crops.

    NAN reports that the Organic Agriculture Business Summit, scheduled for September, will focus on improving the quality of organic produce from Nigeria.

    It will also address the incidence of Nigerian produce being rejected in the world market. (NAN)

    (NAN)

  •   The Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA initiative in Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to include Organic Agriculture in its investment plans in Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs This is contained in a communiqu signed by Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa Country Coordinator Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria and Mrs Edeme Ndonya Chairperson NOABS Local Organising Committee The issues raised in the communiqu were reached at the just concluded 2020 National Organic Agriculture Business Summit NOABS held at Akwa Ibom with the theme Harnessing the Potential of Organic Agriculture for National Development The initiative which appreciated government investment in organic agriculture related issues in the country maintained that the level of investment was still low in relation to the size of the country The stakeholders resolved that the level of understanding of business based organic agriculture principles and practices and trade domestic and export were low in Nigeria The activities of Organic Agriculture within relevant governmental MDAs for policy formulation and implementation are still at the low level There is a huge technical knowledge gap on organic agriculture production system for export in the country and extension services to facilitate it needs to be in place The understanding of the required procedures for certification of organic produce and products for both domestic and export trade is still low and extremely limited enabling environment for organic agriculture business development in the country should be encouraged Also that there is the need for a holistic engagement of youths and women in organic agriculture for meaningful economic participation it noted EOA stressed the need to encourage increase in organic market shares in terms of produce products and services from Nigeria at the global market There should be proper funding of the annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit in order to extend its benefits to more stakeholders thereby contributing to national development Efforts should be made to mainstream organic agriculture into existing curricula for agricultural training at higher educational institutions in Nigeria especially the university system It recalled that Nigeria subscribed to the Sustainable Development Goals specifically on Zero Hunger Good Health and Well being Gender Equality and Responsible Consumption and Production being goals two three five and 12 respectively It noted that the Sustainable Development Goals were relevant to Organic Agriculture The initiative wondered why the export value in Organic Agriculture in Nigeria was much lower compared to its neighbouring countries that are smaller in land size and population It frowned at the paucity of scientific evidences to support Organic Agriculture in Nigeria especially for exportable produce and products It also urged all tiers of government in Nigeria to fully explore opportunities in the African Heads of States and Governments Decision on Organic Farming 2010 The apex educational bodies in Nigeria National Universities Commission NUC and National Board for Technical Education NBTE should urgently mainstream Organic Agriculture into academic curricula and support the process of Organic farming development in the country Private initiative in the country like Nigeria Go Organic Project and others providing training in Organic Agriculture should also intensify efforts to train more stakeholders in the sector Appropriate government agencies should urgently mainstream organic farming into their activities and provide sustainable solutions to development of locally adaptable appropriate Organic Agriculture inputs These include fertilisers insecticides herbicides growth promoters feeds drugs machinery etc that can enhance productivity of organic farming in the country at competitive costs It called for Tertiary Education Trust Fund TetFund Industrial Training Fund ITF Central Bank of Nigeria Bank of Agriculture BoA Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending NIRSAL Plc the Bank of Industry and other private financial institutions to give priority to Organic farming Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development Trade Industry and Investments Health Environment as well as parastatals like Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC National Orientation Agency NOA etc should mainstream Organic farming into their operations and activities Also all private stakeholders should be encouraged to join the Organic Association in order to ensure proper grassroots development and appropriate coordination of the sector Agricultural enterprises by relevant governmental and private stakeholders are required to uphold the integrity of the Organic Agriculture sector of the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 90 participants gathered both physically and virtually for the 5th edition of the summit representing organic agriculture stakeholders from across the world The participants were from the six geo political zones of Nigeria Senegal Togo Kenya and South Africa Switzerland and Germany The attendance represented circle of enthusiasts in Organic Agricultural input supply crop production processing packaging and consumers Also represented were government organisations related to agriculture education research and higher educational institutions as well as trade Edited By Lydia Beshel Source NAN
    Organisation wants inclusion of Organic Agriculture in investments plans for MDAs
      The Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA initiative in Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to include Organic Agriculture in its investment plans in Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs This is contained in a communiqu signed by Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa Country Coordinator Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria and Mrs Edeme Ndonya Chairperson NOABS Local Organising Committee The issues raised in the communiqu were reached at the just concluded 2020 National Organic Agriculture Business Summit NOABS held at Akwa Ibom with the theme Harnessing the Potential of Organic Agriculture for National Development The initiative which appreciated government investment in organic agriculture related issues in the country maintained that the level of investment was still low in relation to the size of the country The stakeholders resolved that the level of understanding of business based organic agriculture principles and practices and trade domestic and export were low in Nigeria The activities of Organic Agriculture within relevant governmental MDAs for policy formulation and implementation are still at the low level There is a huge technical knowledge gap on organic agriculture production system for export in the country and extension services to facilitate it needs to be in place The understanding of the required procedures for certification of organic produce and products for both domestic and export trade is still low and extremely limited enabling environment for organic agriculture business development in the country should be encouraged Also that there is the need for a holistic engagement of youths and women in organic agriculture for meaningful economic participation it noted EOA stressed the need to encourage increase in organic market shares in terms of produce products and services from Nigeria at the global market There should be proper funding of the annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit in order to extend its benefits to more stakeholders thereby contributing to national development Efforts should be made to mainstream organic agriculture into existing curricula for agricultural training at higher educational institutions in Nigeria especially the university system It recalled that Nigeria subscribed to the Sustainable Development Goals specifically on Zero Hunger Good Health and Well being Gender Equality and Responsible Consumption and Production being goals two three five and 12 respectively It noted that the Sustainable Development Goals were relevant to Organic Agriculture The initiative wondered why the export value in Organic Agriculture in Nigeria was much lower compared to its neighbouring countries that are smaller in land size and population It frowned at the paucity of scientific evidences to support Organic Agriculture in Nigeria especially for exportable produce and products It also urged all tiers of government in Nigeria to fully explore opportunities in the African Heads of States and Governments Decision on Organic Farming 2010 The apex educational bodies in Nigeria National Universities Commission NUC and National Board for Technical Education NBTE should urgently mainstream Organic Agriculture into academic curricula and support the process of Organic farming development in the country Private initiative in the country like Nigeria Go Organic Project and others providing training in Organic Agriculture should also intensify efforts to train more stakeholders in the sector Appropriate government agencies should urgently mainstream organic farming into their activities and provide sustainable solutions to development of locally adaptable appropriate Organic Agriculture inputs These include fertilisers insecticides herbicides growth promoters feeds drugs machinery etc that can enhance productivity of organic farming in the country at competitive costs It called for Tertiary Education Trust Fund TetFund Industrial Training Fund ITF Central Bank of Nigeria Bank of Agriculture BoA Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending NIRSAL Plc the Bank of Industry and other private financial institutions to give priority to Organic farming Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development Trade Industry and Investments Health Environment as well as parastatals like Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC National Orientation Agency NOA etc should mainstream Organic farming into their operations and activities Also all private stakeholders should be encouraged to join the Organic Association in order to ensure proper grassroots development and appropriate coordination of the sector Agricultural enterprises by relevant governmental and private stakeholders are required to uphold the integrity of the Organic Agriculture sector of the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 90 participants gathered both physically and virtually for the 5th edition of the summit representing organic agriculture stakeholders from across the world The participants were from the six geo political zones of Nigeria Senegal Togo Kenya and South Africa Switzerland and Germany The attendance represented circle of enthusiasts in Organic Agricultural input supply crop production processing packaging and consumers Also represented were government organisations related to agriculture education research and higher educational institutions as well as trade Edited By Lydia Beshel Source NAN
    Organisation wants inclusion of Organic Agriculture in investments plans for MDAs
    Agriculture2 years ago

    Organisation wants inclusion of Organic Agriculture in investments plans for MDAs

    The Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) initiative in Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to include Organic Agriculture in its investment plans in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

    This is contained in a communiqué signed by Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa, Country Coordinator, Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria and Mrs Edeme Ndonya, Chairperson, NOABS Local Organising Committee.

    The issues raised in the communiqué were reached at the just concluded 2020 National Organic Agriculture Business Summit (NOABS) held at Akwa-Ibom with the theme `Harnessing the Potential of Organic Agriculture for National Development’.

    The initiative, which appreciated government investment in organic agriculture related issues in the country, maintained that the level of investment was still low in relation to the size of the country.

    The stakeholders resolved that the level of understanding of business based organic agriculture principles and practices and trade (domestic and export) were low in Nigeria.

    “The activities of Organic Agriculture within relevant governmental MDAs for policy formulation and implementation are still at the low level.

    “There is a huge technical knowledge gap on organic agriculture production system for export in the country and extension services to facilitate it, needs to be in place.

    “The understanding of the required procedures for certification of organic produce and products for both domestic and export trade is still low and extremely limited, enabling environment for organic agriculture business development in the country should be encouraged.

    “Also, that there is the need for a holistic engagement of youths and women in organic agriculture for meaningful economic participation,’’ it noted.

    EOA stressed the need to encourage increase in organic market shares in terms of produce, products and services from Nigeria at the global market.

    “There should be proper funding of the annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit in order to extend its benefits to more stakeholders; thereby contributing to national development.

    “Efforts should be made to mainstream organic agriculture into existing curricula for agricultural training at higher educational institutions in Nigeria, especially, the university system’’.

    It recalled that Nigeria subscribed to the Sustainable Development Goals; specifically on Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Gender Equality and Responsible Consumption and Production being goals two, three, five and 12 respectively.

    It noted that the Sustainable Development Goals were relevant to Organic Agriculture.

    The initiative wondered why the export value in Organic Agriculture in Nigeria was much lower, compared to its neighbouring countries that are smaller in land size and population.

    It frowned at the paucity of scientific evidences to support Organic Agriculture in Nigeria, especially for exportable produce and products.

    It also urged all tiers of government in Nigeria to fully explore opportunities in the African Heads of States and Governments’ Decision on Organic Farming 2010.

    “The apex educational bodies in Nigeria, National Universities Commission (NUC) and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) should urgently mainstream Organic Agriculture into academic curricula and support the process of Organic farming development in the country.

    “Private initiative in the country like Nigeria Go Organic Project and others providing training in Organic Agriculture should also intensify efforts to train more stakeholders in the sector.

    “Appropriate government agencies should urgently mainstream organic farming into their activities and provide sustainable solutions to development of locally adaptable appropriate Organic Agriculture inputs.

    `These include, fertilisers, insecticides, herbicides, growth promoters, feeds, drugs, machinery, etc. that can enhance productivity of organic farming in the country at competitive costs’’.

    It called for Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Central Bank of Nigeria, Bank of Agriculture (BoA), Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Plc.), the Bank of Industry and other private financial institutions to give priority to Organic farming.

    “Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Trade, Industry and Investments, Health, Environment as well as parastatals like Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), National Orientation Agency (NOA), etc. should mainstream Organic farming into their operations and activities.

    “Also, all private stakeholders should be encouraged to join the Organic Association in order to ensure proper grassroots development and appropriate coordination of the sector.

    “Agricultural enterprises by relevant governmental and private stakeholders are required to uphold the integrity of the Organic Agriculture sector of the country’’.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 90 participants gathered both physically and virtually for the 5th edition of the summit, representing organic agriculture stakeholders from across the world.

    The participants were from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Kenya and South Africa, Switzerland and Germany.

    The attendance represented circle of enthusiasts in Organic Agricultural input supply, crop production, processing, packaging and consumers.

    Also represented were government organisations related to agriculture, education (research and higher educational institutions) as well as trade.


    Edited By: Lydia Beshel
    Source: NAN

  •  The Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria says Nigeria is a potential hub for organic agriculture in Africa Mr AdeOluwa Olugbenga the EOA Country Coordinator in Nigeria made this known in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Sunday in Abuja Olugbenga noted that such feat could only be achieved if all the stakeholders and organisations with national influence in the system play their roles He said that if such roles were played the way they should it would go a long way in supporting the decisions of the African Heads of States to incorporate organic agriculture into every facet of life in the continent Organic farming is fast becoming more popular all over the world with high demand of organic produce like ginger rising every year People are getting conscious of their health with organic products contributing daily to human and community health Therefore it is time for Africa to consider organic farming as an important aspect of agriculture he said The coordinator however said that there was a strong link between organic sector and commerce in countries with successful organic agricultural development He added that trade was a major force in agricultural development which happens to be a proven fact in organic agriculture Olugbenga noted that in North Africa people were tapping into organic farming with Togo declaring that it would become the first organic country in Africa The coordinator however stressed the need for Nigeria to be the point of organic agriculture in West Africa People are looking forward to those who can supply organic fertiliser to grow and eat wholesome food he said He described organic agriculture as a knowledge based that could create millions of jobs for the country s teeming population as well as ensuring the growth of Gross Domestic Product GDP Olugbenga said that it was a class of its own apart from other farming practices because it does not involve the use of agrochemicals and it depended largely on internal farm inputs In this sense there is no need to use synthetic fertilisers herbicides or pesticides to control pests or kill weeds As such foods and produce coming from such a system is very wholesome for the body Olugbenga said EOA s mission statement is to scale up ecologically and organically sound strategies and practices through institutional capacity development scientific innovations market participation public policies and programs outreach and communication efficient coordination networking and partnerships in Africa Edited by Yahaya Isah Ekemini Ladejobi
    Nigeria, potential hub for organic agriculture in Africa–Official
     The Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria says Nigeria is a potential hub for organic agriculture in Africa Mr AdeOluwa Olugbenga the EOA Country Coordinator in Nigeria made this known in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Sunday in Abuja Olugbenga noted that such feat could only be achieved if all the stakeholders and organisations with national influence in the system play their roles He said that if such roles were played the way they should it would go a long way in supporting the decisions of the African Heads of States to incorporate organic agriculture into every facet of life in the continent Organic farming is fast becoming more popular all over the world with high demand of organic produce like ginger rising every year People are getting conscious of their health with organic products contributing daily to human and community health Therefore it is time for Africa to consider organic farming as an important aspect of agriculture he said The coordinator however said that there was a strong link between organic sector and commerce in countries with successful organic agricultural development He added that trade was a major force in agricultural development which happens to be a proven fact in organic agriculture Olugbenga noted that in North Africa people were tapping into organic farming with Togo declaring that it would become the first organic country in Africa The coordinator however stressed the need for Nigeria to be the point of organic agriculture in West Africa People are looking forward to those who can supply organic fertiliser to grow and eat wholesome food he said He described organic agriculture as a knowledge based that could create millions of jobs for the country s teeming population as well as ensuring the growth of Gross Domestic Product GDP Olugbenga said that it was a class of its own apart from other farming practices because it does not involve the use of agrochemicals and it depended largely on internal farm inputs In this sense there is no need to use synthetic fertilisers herbicides or pesticides to control pests or kill weeds As such foods and produce coming from such a system is very wholesome for the body Olugbenga said EOA s mission statement is to scale up ecologically and organically sound strategies and practices through institutional capacity development scientific innovations market participation public policies and programs outreach and communication efficient coordination networking and partnerships in Africa Edited by Yahaya Isah Ekemini Ladejobi
    Nigeria, potential hub for organic agriculture in Africa–Official
    General news3 years ago

    Nigeria, potential hub for organic agriculture in Africa–Official

    The Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA), Initiative in Nigeria, says Nigeria is a potential hub for organic agriculture in Africa.

    Mr AdeOluwa Olugbenga, the EOA Country Coordinator in Nigeria, made this known in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency , on Sunday in Abuja.

    Olugbenga noted that such feat could only be achieved if all the stakeholders and organisations with national influence in the system play their roles.

    He said that if such roles were played the way they should, it would go a long way in supporting the decisions of the African Heads of States to incorporate organic agriculture into every facet of life in the continent.

    “Organic farming is fast becoming more popular all over the world with high demand of organic produce like ginger rising every year.

    “People are getting conscious of their health with organic products contributing daily to human and community health.

    “Therefore, it is time for Africa to consider organic farming as an important aspect of agriculture,’’ he said.

    The coordinator, however, said that there was a strong link between organic sector and commerce in countries with successful organic agricultural development.

    He added that trade was a major force in agricultural development which happens to be a proven fact in organic agriculture.

    Olugbenga noted that in North Africa people were tapping into organic farming, with Togo declaring that it would become the first organic country in Africa.

    The coordinator, however, stressed the need for Nigeria to be the point of organic agriculture in West Africa.

    “People are looking forward to those who can supply organic fertiliser to grow and eat wholesome food,’’ he said.

    He described organic agriculture as a knowledge-based that could create millions of jobs for the country’s teeming population as well as ensuring the growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    Olugbenga said that it was a class of its own apart from other farming practices because it does not involve the use of agrochemicals, and it depended largely on internal farm inputs.

    “In this sense, there is no need to use synthetic fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides to control pests or kill weeds.

    “As such, foods and produce coming from such a system is very wholesome for the body,’’ Olugbenga said.

    EOA’s mission statement is to scale up ecologically and organically sound strategies and practices through institutional capacity development, scientific innovations, market participation, public policies and programs, outreach and communication, efficient coordination, networking and partnerships in Africa.

    Edited by: Yahaya Isah/Ekemini Ladejobi

  •  The Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria says Nigeria can be a big hub for organic agriculture in Africa Mr AdeOluwa Olugbenga the EOA Country Coordinator in Nigeria made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja This can only happen if all stakeholders and organisations with national influence in the system play their roles He said that these roles would go a long way to support the decision of the African Heads of State to incorporate organic agriculture into every facet of life in Africa Organic farming is fast becoming more popular all over the world with high demand of organic produce like ginger rising every year People are getting conscious of their health with organic products contributing daily to human and community health Therefore it is time for Africa to consider organic farming as an important aspect of agriculture he said Olugbenga said there was a strong link between organic sector and commerce in countries with successful organic agricultural development He said that trade was a major force in agricultural development which happens to be a proven fact in organic agriculture He said that in North Africa people were tapping into organic farming as Togo had declared that the country would become the first organic country in Africa The EOA country coordinator emphasised the need for Nigeria to be the point of organic agriculture in West Africa People are looking for those able to supply organic fertiliser in order to grow and eat wholesome food He described organic agriculture as knowledge based and would create millions of jobs for Nigeria s teeming population and ensure GDP growth Olugbenga said that it was a class of its own apart from other farming practices because it does not involve the use of agrochemicals and it depended largely on internal farm inputs In this sense there is no need to use synthetic fertilisers herbicides or pesticides to control pests or kill weeds in this practice As such foods and produce coming from such a system is very wholesome for the body Olugbenga said Edited By Kabir Muhammad Grace Yussuf
    Nigeria can be a big hub for organic agriculture in Africa – EOA
     The Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria says Nigeria can be a big hub for organic agriculture in Africa Mr AdeOluwa Olugbenga the EOA Country Coordinator in Nigeria made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja This can only happen if all stakeholders and organisations with national influence in the system play their roles He said that these roles would go a long way to support the decision of the African Heads of State to incorporate organic agriculture into every facet of life in Africa Organic farming is fast becoming more popular all over the world with high demand of organic produce like ginger rising every year People are getting conscious of their health with organic products contributing daily to human and community health Therefore it is time for Africa to consider organic farming as an important aspect of agriculture he said Olugbenga said there was a strong link between organic sector and commerce in countries with successful organic agricultural development He said that trade was a major force in agricultural development which happens to be a proven fact in organic agriculture He said that in North Africa people were tapping into organic farming as Togo had declared that the country would become the first organic country in Africa The EOA country coordinator emphasised the need for Nigeria to be the point of organic agriculture in West Africa People are looking for those able to supply organic fertiliser in order to grow and eat wholesome food He described organic agriculture as knowledge based and would create millions of jobs for Nigeria s teeming population and ensure GDP growth Olugbenga said that it was a class of its own apart from other farming practices because it does not involve the use of agrochemicals and it depended largely on internal farm inputs In this sense there is no need to use synthetic fertilisers herbicides or pesticides to control pests or kill weeds in this practice As such foods and produce coming from such a system is very wholesome for the body Olugbenga said Edited By Kabir Muhammad Grace Yussuf
    Nigeria can be a big hub for organic agriculture in Africa – EOA
    Agriculture3 years ago

    Nigeria can be a big hub for organic agriculture in Africa – EOA

    The Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria, says Nigeria can be a big hub for organic agriculture in Africa.

    Mr AdeOluwa Olugbenga, the EOA Country Coordinator in Nigeria, made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja.

    “This can only happen if all stakeholders and organisations with national influence in the system play their roles.’’

    He said that these roles would go a long way to support the decision of the African Heads of State to incorporate organic agriculture into every facet of life in Africa.

    “Organic farming is fast becoming more popular all over the world with high demand of organic produce like ginger rising every year.

    “People are getting conscious of their health with organic products contributing daily to human and community health.

    “Therefore, it is time for Africa to consider organic farming as an important aspect of agriculture,’’ he said.

    Olugbenga said there was a strong link between organic sector and commerce in countries with successful organic agricultural development.

    He said that trade was a major force in agricultural development which happens to be a proven fact in organic agriculture.

    He said that in North Africa people were tapping into organic farming as Togo had declared that the country would become  the first organic country in Africa.

    The EOA country coordinator emphasised the need for Nigeria to be the point of organic agriculture in West Africa.

    “People are looking for those able to supply organic fertiliser in order to grow and eat wholesome food.’’

    He described organic agriculture as knowledge-based and would create millions of jobs for Nigeria’s teeming population and ensure GDP growth.

    Olugbenga said that it was a class of its own apart from other farming practices because it does not involve the use of agrochemicals, and it depended largely on internal farm inputs.

    “In this sense, there is no need to use synthetic fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides to control pests or kill weeds in this practice.

    “As such, foods and produce coming from such a system is very wholesome for the body,’’ Olugbenga said.


    Edited By: Kabir Muhammad/Grace Yussuf

  •   The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD has stressed the need to grow food crops in an environment free from artificial agrochemicals The ministry wants the practice to be popularised especially in the North East and North West Mr Isa Adamu Assistant Director Farm Input Support Services Organic Division Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development spoke in Abuja during stakeholders round table The discussion was an annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit NOABS Adamu who is chairperson of Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria reiterated the importance of organic agriculture adding that millions of people are waiting in the open market to harness its benefits Speaking through Mrs Igoh Janet also an Assistant Director in the Organic Division Adamu said a lot of vegetables produced in the North He added that the North had a culture of fertility as most staple crops eaten in Nigeria were grown in the North We want Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA to find itself in Borno Sokoto Kebbi Kano Jigawa Katsina Kaduna and all states in northern Nigeria like what is obtainable in the south he said He said that the ministry was not discriminatory of any farming techniques or practices as long as it met the ministry s standard and it demanded for recommendations after the meeting on the next line of action Prof Victor Olowe of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta and the President of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria said as a production system organic agriculture commands up to 100 billion dollars globally Olowe said that unfortunately Africa as a whole was not contributing more than three per cent of the 100 billion dollars hence Nigeria needed to key into the global trade According to him Nigeria has the potential and practitioners as well and that what was actually driving the initiative was health concerns People are now being conscious of what they consume what they eat and it is better to invest in quality food than to invest in treating diseases that are food related If practitioners and producers in Nigeria will key into this they stand to make more money from their produce he said Olowe said Nigeria also stood to gain as the Gross Domestic Product GDP would increase He said organic agriculture which was not new to Nigerians is a production system that does not involve the use of agrochemicals and that it depends largely on internal farm inputs All plants growing around are botanicals which could be processed and used to control most of these pests there is no need to use synthetic fertilizers herbicides or pesticides to control pests kill weeds As such foods and produce coming from such a system is very wholesome to the body Olowe said He said that all that was required was to formalise organic agriculture in Nigeria and follow the standards in order to reap the dividends Mr Olugbenga AdeOluwa Country Coordinator of the EOA in Nigeria said organic farming was becoming more popular all over the world with high demand of organic produce like ginger rising every year People are getting conscious of their health therefore it was time for Africa to consider organic farming as an important aspect of agriculture In North Africa people are tapping into it and Togo has declared they want to be the first organic country in Africa AdeOluwa said He also spoke about the certification of organic produce adding that without a strong certification organic agriculture can be completely muddled He said Nigeria should take the lead in organic agriculture in West Africa and that people are looking for those able to supply organic fertilizer in order to grow and eat wholesome food He said though organic agriculture lacked funding it will entice youths because it was knowledge based and will create millions of jobs for Nigeria s teeming population and ensure GDP growth Abdulrazaq Baba a participant from Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria FACAN said Nigerians and farmers had to be sensitised on how to switch to organic agriculture It is very important because we cannot vouch for what we consume in this country which could be possible threat to our lives he said Mr Jethro Terkura another participant from C and C Burford Consulting Ltd an organic product distributor company said Nigeria must go back to the rudiments of doing the right thing and the right practices This according to him will ensure that whatever a Nigerian gets as agricultural produce in the market is safe for consumption and at the same time good for export Edited by Obike Ukoh NAN
    Ministry stresses need to embrace organic agriculture in North East, North-West
      The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD has stressed the need to grow food crops in an environment free from artificial agrochemicals The ministry wants the practice to be popularised especially in the North East and North West Mr Isa Adamu Assistant Director Farm Input Support Services Organic Division Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development spoke in Abuja during stakeholders round table The discussion was an annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit NOABS Adamu who is chairperson of Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria reiterated the importance of organic agriculture adding that millions of people are waiting in the open market to harness its benefits Speaking through Mrs Igoh Janet also an Assistant Director in the Organic Division Adamu said a lot of vegetables produced in the North He added that the North had a culture of fertility as most staple crops eaten in Nigeria were grown in the North We want Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA to find itself in Borno Sokoto Kebbi Kano Jigawa Katsina Kaduna and all states in northern Nigeria like what is obtainable in the south he said He said that the ministry was not discriminatory of any farming techniques or practices as long as it met the ministry s standard and it demanded for recommendations after the meeting on the next line of action Prof Victor Olowe of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta and the President of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria said as a production system organic agriculture commands up to 100 billion dollars globally Olowe said that unfortunately Africa as a whole was not contributing more than three per cent of the 100 billion dollars hence Nigeria needed to key into the global trade According to him Nigeria has the potential and practitioners as well and that what was actually driving the initiative was health concerns People are now being conscious of what they consume what they eat and it is better to invest in quality food than to invest in treating diseases that are food related If practitioners and producers in Nigeria will key into this they stand to make more money from their produce he said Olowe said Nigeria also stood to gain as the Gross Domestic Product GDP would increase He said organic agriculture which was not new to Nigerians is a production system that does not involve the use of agrochemicals and that it depends largely on internal farm inputs All plants growing around are botanicals which could be processed and used to control most of these pests there is no need to use synthetic fertilizers herbicides or pesticides to control pests kill weeds As such foods and produce coming from such a system is very wholesome to the body Olowe said He said that all that was required was to formalise organic agriculture in Nigeria and follow the standards in order to reap the dividends Mr Olugbenga AdeOluwa Country Coordinator of the EOA in Nigeria said organic farming was becoming more popular all over the world with high demand of organic produce like ginger rising every year People are getting conscious of their health therefore it was time for Africa to consider organic farming as an important aspect of agriculture In North Africa people are tapping into it and Togo has declared they want to be the first organic country in Africa AdeOluwa said He also spoke about the certification of organic produce adding that without a strong certification organic agriculture can be completely muddled He said Nigeria should take the lead in organic agriculture in West Africa and that people are looking for those able to supply organic fertilizer in order to grow and eat wholesome food He said though organic agriculture lacked funding it will entice youths because it was knowledge based and will create millions of jobs for Nigeria s teeming population and ensure GDP growth Abdulrazaq Baba a participant from Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria FACAN said Nigerians and farmers had to be sensitised on how to switch to organic agriculture It is very important because we cannot vouch for what we consume in this country which could be possible threat to our lives he said Mr Jethro Terkura another participant from C and C Burford Consulting Ltd an organic product distributor company said Nigeria must go back to the rudiments of doing the right thing and the right practices This according to him will ensure that whatever a Nigerian gets as agricultural produce in the market is safe for consumption and at the same time good for export Edited by Obike Ukoh NAN
    Ministry stresses need to embrace organic agriculture in North East, North-West
    Agriculture3 years ago

    Ministry stresses need to embrace organic agriculture in North East, North-West

    The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), has stressed the need to grow food crops in an environment free from artificial agrochemicals.

    The ministry wants the practice to be popularised especially in the North-East and North-West.

    Mr Isa Adamu, Assistant Director, Farm Input Support Services, Organic Division, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, spoke in Abuja during stakeholders’ round table.

    The discussion was an annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit (NOABS).

    Adamu, who is chairperson of Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria, reiterated the importance of  organic agriculture, adding that millions of people are waiting in the open market to harness its benefits.

    Speaking through Mrs Igoh Janet, also an Assistant Director in the Organic Division, Adamu said  “a lot of vegetables produced in the North.’’

    He added that the North had a culture of fertility, as most staple crops eaten in Nigeria were grown in the North.

    “We want Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) to find itself in Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna and all states in northern Nigeria like what is  obtainable in the south,’’ he said.

    He said that the ministry was not discriminatory of any farming techniques or practices as long as it met the ministry’s standard, and it demanded for recommendations after the meeting on the next line of action.

    Prof. Victor Olowe, of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and the President of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, said as a production system, organic agriculture “commands up to 100 billion dollars globally.’’

    Olowe said that unfortunately, Africa as a whole was not contributing more than three per cent of the 100 billion dollars, hence Nigeria needed to key into the global trade.

    According to him, Nigeria has the potential and practitioners as well, and that what was actually driving the initiative was health concerns.

    “ People are now being conscious of what they consume, what they eat, and it is better to invest in quality food than to invest in treating diseases that are food related.

    “If practitioners and producers in Nigeria will key into this, they stand to make more money from their produce,’’ he said.

    Olowe said Nigeria also stood to gain as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would increase.

    He said organic agriculture which was not new to Nigerians, is a production system that does not involve the use of agrochemicals, and that it depends largely on internal farm inputs.

    “All plants growing around are botanicals, which could be processed and used to control most of these pests; there is no need to use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides to control pests, kill weeds.

    “As such, foods and produce coming from such a system is very wholesome to the body,’’ Olowe said.

    He said that all that was required was to formalise organic agriculture in Nigeria and follow the standards, in order to reap the dividends.

    Mr Olugbenga AdeOluwa, Country Coordinator of the EOA in Nigeria, said organic farming was becoming more popular all over the world with high demand of organic produce like ginger, rising every year.

    “People are getting conscious of their health, therefore it was time for Africa to consider organic farming as an important aspect of agriculture.

    “In North Africa, people are tapping into it and Togo has declared they want to be the first organic country in Africa,’’ AdeOluwa said.

    He also spoke about the certification of organic produce, adding that without a strong certification, “organic agriculture can be completely muddled.’’

    He said Nigeria should take the lead in organic agriculture in West Africa and that people are looking for those able to supply organic fertilizer in order to grow and eat wholesome food.

    He said though organic agriculture lacked funding, it will entice youths because it was knowledge based, and will create millions of jobs for Nigeria’s teeming population and ensure GDP growth.

    Abdulrazaq Baba, a participant from Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN), said Nigerians and farmers had to be sensitised on how to switch to organic agriculture.

    “ It is very important because we cannot vouch for what we consume in this country which could be possible threat to our lives,’’ he said.

    Mr Jethro Terkura, another participant from C and C Burford Consulting Ltd, an organic product distributor company, said Nigeria must go back to the rudiments of doing the right thing and the right practices.

    This, according to him, will ensure that whatever a Nigerian gets as agricultural produce in the market is safe for consumption and at the same time good for export.

    Edited by: Obike Ukoh
    (NAN)

     

  •  ResidentsLagos Oct 17 2019 The Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof Akin Abayomi on Thursday enjoined Lagos residents to imbibe a culture of prevention rather than striving to provide cure for health problems Abayomi made the appeal in Lagos at a three day National Organic Agriculture Summit with the theme Organic Export Opportunities for National Development We must move towards prevention rather than cure give the wellness messages and eliminate stress by decongesting the roads We must regulate pollution and ensure that drainages are free and flowing discourage illegal dumping of refuse he said According to him Lagos is a crowded city where any form of medical emergency should be immediately prevented The commissioner also said that the government had commenced the implementation of the global One Health Initiative to expand its interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of healthcare Aboyami said that the state government would establish a One Health approach to ensure a coordinated effective way of addressing cross cutting problems across the state Problems impacting human health animals plants and the environment can be effectively resolved through improved coordination communication and collaborative actions across disciplines and that these solutions be sustainable With rapid population growth globalisation and environmental degradation health threats have become more complex and solutions cannot be found by one sector alone he said The commissioner said that his ministry was working closely with the state s ministries of agriculture environment and justice to implement a Biosecurity Law for a holistic healthy state Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa the Country Director of Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria said that there was the need for Nigeria to develop organic agriculture for export business Organic agriculture is becoming more popular all over the world and Nigeria is currently among the least organised countries in organic agriculture sector So building the capacity of practitioners of strategic stakeholders in the organic agricultural sector of Nigeria is needed to contribute to food security income generation employment systems resilience among others Thus the annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit NOABS is one of the ways of addressing challenges of organic agriculture development in the country he said He said that the summit initiated by Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA partners in Nigeria was to showcase the benefits of organic agriculture to all stakeholders in the organic agriculture sector The summit presented the Media and Advocacy Personality of the Year Award to Mrs Ebere Agozie of the Nigeria News Agency The Organic Farmer of the Year Award was presented to Ms Olusola Sowemimo a Lawyer and Farmer and the Anambra State Government for supporting development of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria The One Health project is an integrated approach for preventing and mitigating health threats at the Animal Human Plant Environment interfaces with the objective of achieving public health food and nutrition security sustainable ecosystems and fair trade facilitation Edited Grace Yussuf
    Commissioner advises Lagos residents to imbibe healthy habits
     ResidentsLagos Oct 17 2019 The Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof Akin Abayomi on Thursday enjoined Lagos residents to imbibe a culture of prevention rather than striving to provide cure for health problems Abayomi made the appeal in Lagos at a three day National Organic Agriculture Summit with the theme Organic Export Opportunities for National Development We must move towards prevention rather than cure give the wellness messages and eliminate stress by decongesting the roads We must regulate pollution and ensure that drainages are free and flowing discourage illegal dumping of refuse he said According to him Lagos is a crowded city where any form of medical emergency should be immediately prevented The commissioner also said that the government had commenced the implementation of the global One Health Initiative to expand its interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of healthcare Aboyami said that the state government would establish a One Health approach to ensure a coordinated effective way of addressing cross cutting problems across the state Problems impacting human health animals plants and the environment can be effectively resolved through improved coordination communication and collaborative actions across disciplines and that these solutions be sustainable With rapid population growth globalisation and environmental degradation health threats have become more complex and solutions cannot be found by one sector alone he said The commissioner said that his ministry was working closely with the state s ministries of agriculture environment and justice to implement a Biosecurity Law for a holistic healthy state Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa the Country Director of Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Initiative in Nigeria said that there was the need for Nigeria to develop organic agriculture for export business Organic agriculture is becoming more popular all over the world and Nigeria is currently among the least organised countries in organic agriculture sector So building the capacity of practitioners of strategic stakeholders in the organic agricultural sector of Nigeria is needed to contribute to food security income generation employment systems resilience among others Thus the annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit NOABS is one of the ways of addressing challenges of organic agriculture development in the country he said He said that the summit initiated by Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA partners in Nigeria was to showcase the benefits of organic agriculture to all stakeholders in the organic agriculture sector The summit presented the Media and Advocacy Personality of the Year Award to Mrs Ebere Agozie of the Nigeria News Agency The Organic Farmer of the Year Award was presented to Ms Olusola Sowemimo a Lawyer and Farmer and the Anambra State Government for supporting development of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria The One Health project is an integrated approach for preventing and mitigating health threats at the Animal Human Plant Environment interfaces with the objective of achieving public health food and nutrition security sustainable ecosystems and fair trade facilitation Edited Grace Yussuf
    Commissioner advises Lagos residents to imbibe healthy habits
    Agriculture3 years ago

    Commissioner advises Lagos residents to imbibe healthy habits

    Residents

    Lagos, Oct. 17, 2019 The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi on Thursday enjoined Lagos residents to imbibe a culture of  prevention rather than striving to provide cure for health problems.

    Abayomi made the appeal in Lagos at a three-day National Organic Agriculture Summit with the theme: Organic Export Opportunities for National Development.

    “We must move towards prevention rather than cure, give the wellness messages and eliminate stress by decongesting the roads.

    ‘’We must regulate pollution and ensure that drainages are free and flowing, discourage illegal dumping of refuse,’’ he said.

    According to him, Lagos is a crowded city where any form of medical emergency should be immediately prevented.

    The commissioner also said that the government had commenced the implementation of the global One Health Initiative to expand its interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of healthcare.

    Aboyami said that the state government would establish a `One Health’ approach to ensure a coordinated effective way of addressing cross-cutting problems across the state.

    “Problems impacting human health, animals, plants and the environment can be effectively resolved through improved coordination, communication and collaborative actions across disciplines and that these solutions be sustainable.

    “With rapid population growth, globalisation and environmental degradation, health threats have become more complex and solutions cannot be found by one sector alone,’’ he said.

    The commissioner said that his ministry was working closely with the state’s ministries of agriculture, environment and justice to implement a Biosecurity Law for a holistic healthy state.

    Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa, the Country Director of Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria said that there was the need for Nigeria to develop organic agriculture for export business.

    “Organic agriculture is becoming more popular all over the world, and Nigeria is currently among the least organised countries in organic agriculture sector.

    “So building the capacity of practitioners of strategic stakeholders in the organic agricultural sector of Nigeria is needed to contribute to food security, income generation, employment, systems resilience, among others.

    “Thus, the annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit (NOABS) is one of the ways of addressing challenges of organic agriculture development in the country,’’ he said.

    He said that the summit initiated by Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) partners in Nigeria was to showcase the benefits of organic agriculture to all stakeholders in the organic agriculture sector.

    The summit presented the Media and Advocacy Personality of the Year Award to Mrs Ebere Agozie of the Nigeria News Agency .

    The Organic Farmer of the Year Award was presented to Ms Olusola Sowemimo, a Lawyer and Farmer, and the Anambra State Government for supporting development of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria.

    The One Health project is an integrated approach for preventing and mitigating health threats at the Animal-Human-Plant-Environment interfaces with the objective of achieving public health, food and nutrition security, sustainable ecosystems and fair trade facilitation.

    Edited /Grace Yussuf