2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, UPDATE.
The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria held on the 14th of March, 2018 at the Seminar Room of the Department of Agronomy, University of Ibadan, replicated an event that marks an important stage in Organic Agriculture. In attendance were the Executive members among whom were the President of the Association, Prof. V.I.Olowe, Prof. G.O Adeoye , Dr. O.O AdeOluwa, (Vice President), Chief Salimonu, (Treasurer), Dr. Mrs. Ipinmoroti (Fin. Sec.), Prof. N.T Meludu (Editor), Mrs. Oluyinka Odukoya (Secretary), Mr. Taiwo Oduola (PRO), members of the Association, prospective members, stakeholders, researchers. The meeting was a very interactive one with different opinions aired by members and stakeholders, and were responded to by members of the Executive, issues bothering on project implementation, certification, capacity building were raised by members, they implored the Association to come up with short certificate courses on Organic Agriculture to empower new starters or those venturing or converting from Conventional Agriculture to Organic Agriculture.
The President in his welcome address appreciated every member present and gave an overview of the EXCO activities, the progress so far, the mission and vision between 2017 and 2031. Some of whom were the regularisation of membership with membership categorized as
- Regular Member
- Student Member
- Corporate Member
- Farmers’ Group
The development of strategic plan (2016-2031) through a SWOT analysis to do critical appraisal of the activities of the Association. The operation of the thematic areas of the Association were Advocacy, Capacity building, Standards and Certification, Marketing, with two which are Production & Processing, and Research added to make 6 TAs. The Association also employed newly a Communication officer, as part of efforts to improve the dissemination of information and handling the documentation of the Association’s activities. The President further appreciated the support of all members and admonished them to accord more support to the Executive members. The Executive members also plan to source other external grants to augment the Association’s revenue. Dr. AdeOluwa, also gave a summary of the achievements and challenges encountered in the project implementations and collaborations, he appreciated the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) for the seed fund, University of Ibadan for administering the fund, collaboration by the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, the Executive members of the Zonal Innovation platforms for their support and the media team. The financial statement of the Association was presented by the Auditor as the President stated that part of the Association’s policy is transparency and accountability. The move for injection of organic agriculture into the curricula of Bachelor. Agriculture and HND in agriculture on-going with National University Commission and National Board for Technical Education respectively is also one of the goals of the Association. The Ibadan Go organic is also one of the achievements of the association with transaction of organic produce going on at the outlet.
The President of the Association added that the constitution of the Association be reviewed and was agreed that members and stakeholders will draw up draft and submitted as memorandum before the next AGM. The strategic plan showing the vision and mission statement of the Association between 2016 and 2031 was also said to be distributed among members. The state chapters were said to be taking up as there are about 6 states as at march, 2018 with about 50 members intended to be added from Oyo state chapter. The members were also informed of the need for the review of Organic Agriculture Standard through a workshop held at the Board Room of the university of Ibadan Conference Centre on the 15th of February, 2018 with participants drawn from different government agencies, like Dr. Sani Mayaki of NAFDAC after the group syndicate session of the workshop pointed out that he will communicate NAFDAC on the area of Organic Agriculture as it is not in the curricula of NAFDAC, he also implored the Association to write to NAFDAC to stand as the statutory body in charge of certification in Nigeria so as to fill the vacuum NAFDAC was unable to fill.
The Executive members, as a result of their performance during the previous tenure were asked to be re-elected by members, through votes and nominations.
The President in his closing remark admonished members to continue to support the Executive members as they owe their success to the members. The next AGM was said to be in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
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