The Federal Government has approved the study of organic agriculture in our polythecnics as a way of pluging the skill gap stopping Nigerianfrom taping into the global organic agriculture opportunities.
Participants at the 2019 National Organic Agriculture Business Summit(NOABS) which held at Solab Hotel and Suites,Ikeja,Lagos recently praised the move by the federal government which will take off in 2020
Speaking during the summit tagged””Organic Export:Opportunities for National Development “”Chairman of the occasion Isah Adamu and Manager Ecological Organic Agriculture,Dr Oyewole Gbadamosi said a lot of effort is being made to improve the production and export of organic agriculture in the country,
Gbadamosi said currently demands outstrip supply in the organic agricultural value chain,adding that there is need for more funding and technical support going forward.
As he maintained three special resource centres has been created,namely Abuja,Ibadan and Akwa Ibom. Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa,Country Manager EOAIN in his contribution said by year 2020 the organic agriculture studies would kick-off in our Polytechnics as curriculum for it has been finalised and that work is being done to start it in our Universities as well.
For National Agricultural Quarantine Service(NAQS) Oruma G,A .the agency is doing a lot to up the export of made in Nigerian agricultural produce and he enjoined organic farmers interested to tap into available opportunities and work with his agency to boost their exports.
He said that the centre does not give financial assistance but gives technical assistance to all degrees of exporters in the overall interest of the country.
Miss Emmanuael Emmanuel said that to have a strong base that NOA should organise the organic agricultural practitioners into effective cooperatives and help them to access funding from the development and other banks as a way of ensuring that the sub-sector is recognised in the country,
While Mrs Udeme Udonyah ,President of the Ikot-Ikpene Cash crop and Multi-purpose Cooperative Society stressed the needed for Federal and State government to support the organic subsector ,saying that the government should collaborate with them for more efficiency.
She harped for more infrastructural development to enable the success of organic farmers in the country.Akwa Ibom state would be hosting the next NOABS summit July next year