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.