Delta State Chapter of the Association Visits The New VC, Delta State University,Ozoro.

A fifteen member (three farmers and twelve lecturers) delegates of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, Delta State Chapter paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Vice Chancellor, Delta State university, Ozoro on January 18 ,2022. The purpose of the visit was to felicitate with Prof S. J Oboreh, the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the university, hint him of the existence, objectives and  goals of the Association and OAPTIN in the institution.

The chairman of the Association, Delta State Chapter, Dr Mrs Atoma C. N. who led the team, congratulated the Vice Chancellor and clearly noted that his pedigree, track records, hard work and marvelous impact of his administration as a rector in the same institution when it was a polytechnic paved the way for his present appointment.

The overview of the Association was presented to the Vice Chancellor, the entire management and members of staff of the university. The Vice Chancellor in his opening remarks informed members of the Association of the successful approval of 25 programmes by the National University Board and his readiness with the cooperation of all members of staff in making the institution of international standard. In his response to the organic movement, he expressed great joy with the association pointing out the need for sustainable agriculture and chemical free food to avoid the hazards and negative effect of such foods on humans. However, he expressed fear of the world going hungry if the use of fertilizer that boost yield is eliminated in agricultural production. In conclusion, Dr Mrs Atoma re-emphasized the great benefits of Organic Agriculture and that  organic can feed the world. At this point, 100% natural Fufu flour, Pepper, proceedings of Organic Delta 2019 and other relevant materials were presented to the vice chancellor. The chairman also briefed the V C on the workshops organized and photo clips of Organic Delta2019 organized by OAPTIN were projected for their view. The chairman equally requested for a portion of land to be dedicated to Organic Agriculture in the Institution. In response, the vice chancellor promised to look into the request.

The management and staff of the University such as the Registrar and the Bursar were in attendance in like manner. The visit gave a momentum to the establishment of the Association and organic agriculture in the institution and Delta State as a whole.

ANNOUNCEMENT AND EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE KCOA ORGANIC WEEKEND

The “Organic Weekends” are moments of exhibition, sales and debates on the positive impact of
Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) on the population and on the environment. This event is
proposed to encourage and support the organisation or participation of actors (producers,
processors, traders, consumers, BDS (Business Development Services) in small fairs (Organic
Weekends).
Objectives of the “Organic” Weekend
The purpose of this event is to promote organic and ecological agriculture. This activity consists
of sales exhibitions, sharing sessions (experiences, partnerships, networking, etc.) and
communication with the actors in the value chain.
Specific objectives
 Develop an attractive space that can highlight the activity to encourage consumer
acceptance
 Promote the exhibition of processed agricultural products, agro-ecological and organic
inputs (seeds, fertilizers…)
 Expanding the network of organic consumers with the promotion of EOA, among the
population
 Promote discussion on the topic of LBS among the actors of the value chain
 Create a framework for exchanges between the different links in the value chain
Expectations from the participant of organic weekend
 The layout and décor of the market will encourage consumer acceptance
 Agro-ecological products, processed products, inputs, and agricultural equipment are on
display
 The network of organic and agro ecological consumers is better known and expanded for
the promotion of EOA at this organic weekend
 The discussion on the topic of EOA is held by the actors of the value chain
 Exchanges are established between links in the value chain.
Participants
Producers of Organic/Ecological products,
Processors,
Traders and Organic Consumers
The businessmen services at the AEB’s turn
Local press
Organisations (Producers, NGOs ….)
Proposed Date : 28th March 2022
Proposed location : Abuja
Sponsorhip : Moderate support for maximum of ten (10) participants is avalable
Expression of interest
Interested participants should submit a short profile including :
Name of farm(s)/enterprises
Location of the farm(s)/enterprises
NOAN Membership status
Certification status
List of produce(s)/service(s)
Any other information that may help the screening /selection process
To the NOAN-KCOA Project Manager (ezegbogufidelis@gmail.com not later than midnight February 28, 2022)

Abuja Hosts the 6th Annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit

“To catalyze development of Organic Agriculture business in Nigeria, there is need to improve the capacities of strategic stakeholders of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria”, this was the statement made by the Director/CEO of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, represented by Mr Williams Ezeagwu at the 6th annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit held at the Conference Hall of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Maitama, Abuja on November 2 to 4, 2021.

The summit was attended both virtually and physically by participants within and outside Nigeria, ministries, departments and agencies of government were eminently present and represented. It featured its traditional plenary presentations, colloquiums, business fora and scientific syndicates. At the opening session of the event, key officers of ministries, partner organizations appreciated the organizers and members of the audience for the opportunity to be part of the event while delivering their goodwill messages. The gbagi dance group of Kebbi State also entertained with their dance drama, the gbagi community is known mainly for farming and this was demonstrated in their dance session.

An award was presented to Col. Abubakar Maimalari for his selfless efforts in ensuring organic agriculture thrives in Nigeria. Organiculture, the dedicated journal for the summit was also  launched at the event. The mainstreaming of the organic agriculture curriculum into Nigerian tertiary institutions in Nigeria which was a work in progress was taken up by the  Ministry of Education, it was announced by Mr. Kehinde Osinnanike, a representative of the ministry who promised to make the curriculum a ministerial document.

Mr Elzakkar Bodewin from Louis Bolk AgroEco institute, the Netherlands during the first plenary presentation “Trends in Global Organic Trade: Opportunities for organic agriculture export development in Nigeria, listed out the product trends in the global market viz: Curcuma(turmeric), ginger, cocoa, soy, sesame. Mr. Elzakkar pointed out the demand for gluten free cassava, novel foods such as coconut water. Challenges faced include shifts in producer countries, COVID 19 market disruption, though some segments are expanding at 20% pace per annum, there are reluctance in taking African exporters serious, food security issues, logistics and reasonable cost price issues.

Speaking further, Mr. Elzakkar pointed out that the trends of unprofessionalism is also damaging  the image of Nigerian exporters, lack of long term commitment, quality and consistency and that quite often, pesticides and residues make the organic produce contaminated, this necessitate the need for proper logistic, processing and packaging.

He advised that exporters need to focus on niche products such as red palm oil, indigenous, exotic vegetables which are with lesser competition, engage the national quality control (subsidy to develop farmer groups, pay for foreign certificate costs, BIOFACH presence and continue annual summits).

At the first colloquium of the event Mrs. Janet Igoh of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture informed participants of the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme at NCA in 2016, one of the various activities of the ministry, which involved the complimentary use of organic Fertilizers. The ministry took organic fertilizers to the nooks and crannies of Nigeria, she added that fertilizers are taken to the laboratory for tests, evaluation and are labeled accordingly and that quality assurance is one of the areas the ministry concentrates on.

At the fifth plenary presentation, the Country coordinator, EOA initiative, Nigeria and the convener of the yearly business summit, Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa announced that Nigeria is yet to have a specific policy for guiding organic agriculture, the fertilizer policy in Nigeria has a section on organic agriculture but this is limited to organic fertilizers which is just a component of organic agriculture and these call for a need for the government of Nigeria to pay more attention by regulating the organic sector in the country through appropriate policies.

The event did not end without the nomination of the next hosts of the 2022 and 2023 annual organic agriculture business summit which are Ibadan and Abakaliki respectively. This was agreed by the Local Organising Committee, National Organising Committee and participants. The LOC Chairman, Mr. Rufus Durodoye expressed his gratitude to the Director of NEPC, Mr. Segun Awolowo, the NOC chairman, members of staff of NOABS secretariat, participants and every other entities who have contributed at various capacities towards the success of the 2021 summit. Dr AdeOluwa also appreciated every contributors in all areas and added that the preparation for the Ibadan summit starts immediately.

Oyo State Chapter of the Association Invites Members and General Public to Its Organic Stakeholders’ Meeting

The Oyo State Chapter of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria on September 7, 2021 invited all members nationwide to its organic stakeholders’ meeting held both physically and virtually ,this was aired at six different viewing centers viz: The Association’s headquarters, University of Ibadan Teaching and Research Farm Hall, Farmers’ Hall, OYSADA (formerly OYSADEP), Apata, Okeogun OYSADA office, TEDE, Ogbomoso Bee Hall, LAUTECH, Ibarapa East Secretariat, Eruwa.

The President of the Association, Prof. V.I.Olowe joined in to give his blessings, in his remarks, he commended the efforts of the State Chapter as a pacesetter state. The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Aderonke Sansi, the Chairperson of the Chapter, Alhaji Luqman Oladapo, Mrs. Oyetoun Alonge and Dr. Olufemi Ayanfeoluwa and was anchored by Mr. Taiwo Oduola, the Association’s National Public Relations Officer and Mr. Rasheed Adegbola, the State Public Relations Officer.

During his lecture, Alhaji Luqman Oladapo pointed out that in organic agriculture, land preparation is very important which includes the selection of well drained land, a fertile land with well drained clay loam to sandy loam soils with infiltration rate. He added that farmers need to use land clearing methods and equipment that will uproot trees with minimum disturbance of top soils e.g hoes, diggers, axes and cutlasses. He also pointed out that organic agriculture is not limited to vegetable production, crops and livestock can also be cultivated. One of the soil hacks he gave during the lecture was the physical testing of soil for fertility: when you take a handful of soil and squeeze, it stays as a ball, that indicated that the soil is too wet. If it is powdered, contains hard cramp, that makes it too dry. But if it crumbles freely, it is just right for cultivation.

The second facilitator, Mrs. Oyetoun Alonge  spoke on pests and weed management in organic crop production, she stated that pest control is achieved through the use of appropriate cropping techniques such as crop rotation, biological control such as the launching of birds on farms to pick insects. Physical or mechanical pest control includes mowing, hoeing, soil solorization, tilling or cultivation (which helps in killing insect through turning) and washing. She added that the presence of earthworm, mushroom, micro and macro organisms, sea snails indicates that a soil is fertile. They are mostly blackish or brownish, absence of these indicate soil depletion.

There were one or more lessons learnt from the presentation of Dr. Aderonke Sansi on disease prevention and parasite control in organic livestock and parasite control in organic livestock production. According to Dr. Sansi, livestock production requires ample space, the animals should be allowed to express their behavioural attitudes. Animal nutrition is also very important to allow for good bacteria in their digestive system.

Dr. Olufemi Ayanfeoluwa explained the PGS certification in precepts. He pointed out that the period of conversion of farmland to organic farm is a minimum of three (3) years, hybrid seed are allowed in organic agriculture, they can be washed thrice and sun dried before planting. Content of produce has to be at least 60% natural to pass for organic certification.

At the end of the workshop, Mr. Taiwo Oduola added that the Association is the only organic agriculture organization with standards, he added that the Association is open to members willing to join. This was a great feat in the road to the emancipation of organic agriculture at the state and the national level, members of the Association congratulates Oyo State chapter on the success of the just concluded training and we hope other state chapters follow suit.

Knowledge Hub For Organic Agriculture in West Africa Organises a Three Day Workshop in Nigeria

Knowledge Hub For Organic Agriculture in West Africa , an initiative implemented by Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN) organized a 3 day workshop for stakeholders at all categories of its membership and other organic agriculture enthusiasts in Nigera.  These workshops include the maiden edition of the meeting of members of the national steering committee of Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Nigeria (KCOA). The three days workshop took place at the Board Room of Bible Guest House, Samonda dated April 20 to 22, 2021, sponsored by Agrecol and KCOA. The first  workshop was on April 20, 2021 and was titled “ Workshop on The Evaluation and validation of The Report of The Studies on Exchange Network, Participatory Guarantee System and market Information. Notable guests in attendance, among others, were Prof. V. I Olowe, the President of the Association, Dr. Olugbenga AdeOluwa, The Vice President of the Association who also doubled as the Resource Person,, Dr Jude C. Obi, the Country Coordinator, KCOA, Nigeria, Dr.  Emmanuel Ayanfeoluwa who was also a Resource Person at the event.  While speaking at the event, Barr Sowemimo of Ope farms advised that we all need to leverage on technology in achieving our goals as organic farmers, social media handles need to listed in order of priority and utilize strategically. Prof. Olowe during question and answer session added that there are more emphasis on production than value addition, accessibility is also the issue.

The second day was the Workshop on Constitutive General Assembly of the National Steering Committee (NSC) Within The Framework of the Knowledge Cluster on Organic Agriculture in West Africa.  Members of the steering committee and other stakeholders, nominated from major geopolitical zones of Nigeria and representatives from ministries of agriculture, communication and educational sectors, organic agriculture networks were in attendance. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together main members of the National Steering Committee and those who constituted the general assembly and to define the objectives of the KCOA project which includes, among others, meeting when necessary, define all approaches and method for the implementation of the project, to act as intermediaries and perform annual evaluation of achievements, implementation of project activities in conjunction with relevant national stakeholders.

Participants were familiarized with KCOA project and responsibilities of members in ensuring the implementation and the time frame.

The third was the Workshop on The Establishment of Local and National Networks, this had in attendance stakeholders in various levels of organic agriculture system. The aim was to establish local and international network. The activities involves the identification of various actors in the value chain of organic agriculture. The activities followed these sequence- identification of actors, their location and contact addresses, categorization/ classification, engagement, collection of information and finally the analysis of data/information obtained. It was a participatory exercise which went further into putting names on the actors in the value chain identified. To ensure consistency after the workshop, a group was formed for follow up from what was created at the workshop.

The three days events were indeed landmark events as it focused on the need areas for stakeholders at all levels and this creates a potential quantum leap in emancipation of organic agriculture system both nationally and regionally.