According to the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative, the adoption of organic farming would increase Nigeria’s chance to join countries that export food, producing income for the nation and bettering the lives of rural farmers.

The objective is to mainstream organic agriculture into the government’s policy, according to Olugbenga Adeoluwa, the country coordinator of the EOA program in Nigeria, who revealed this to journalists in Abuja yesterday during a National Stakeholders Meeting of the Ecological Organic Agriculture.

He pointed out that the project will create a favourable climate, particularly in terms of quality assurance and the simplicity of starting an organic agriculture enterprise in the nation.

He added that the adoption of organic agriculture will guarantee quality and healthy food for Nigeria.

“A lot of agricultural produce is being rejected from Nigeria which affects our GDP, so if organic agriculture is adopted, then Nigeria can be part of countries that export a lot

“The focus of this initiative is how to mainstream organic agriculture into the policy of the government. We are thankful to the government of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture that enabled the stakeholders’ meeting on the organic agriculture bill to take place”, he noted.

The Head of Agriculture Division at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Abuja, Ernest Aubee, said organic agriculture requires standards and regulations.

“ECOWAS Commission is promoting organic agriculture in West Africa because organic agriculture is the right way to go in terms of improving the health of the people of West Africa, in terms of protecting the environment and also in terms of enhancing livelihood, because it is generating lots of resources globally.

“Organic agriculture is a specialised way of farming, and it requires certain standards, regulations and laws and a number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working very hard to have those laws, regulations and standards, and the ECOWAS Commission is assisting them in developing those standards.

“For organic agriculture to thrive, the emphasis should be on smallholder farmers and in this regard, we are supporting various research activities so that the technologies that are developed for organic agriculture meet the requirements of the smallholder farmers”, he said.

Also, an organic agriculture farmer, Chief Salimono Oladipo appealed to the government to roll out policies supporting organic agriculture practices.

This, he said, would reduce chemicals and allow organic pesticides to be put into use. He further noted that organic agriculture is sustainable and very much feasible.

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