The 4th Ecological Organic Agriculture’ Regional Steering Committee Meeting

 

 

The Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative’ (EOA-I) Regional Secretariat of West Africa under the able leadership of Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission organised the 4th Regional Steering Committee (RSC) virtual meeting to review the activities of EOA in West Africa on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 April, 2020. The online meeting took place despite the Covid-19 pandemic causing lockdown of activities in many countries.
In attendance at the meeting were the Regional Steering Committee members of Ecological Organic Agriculture in West Africa, joined some strategic stakeholders of Organic Agriculture from Burkina Faso, Senegal and Ghana.
The virtual meeting was an opportunity to discuss critical issues in the region related to organic and ecological agriculture, such as; update on the West Africa EOA Regional Secretariat’ activities, update on EOA project implementation in Benin, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal, opportunities for extending EOA to other countries of West Africa, update on Organic Agriculture Knowledge Hub in West Africa, review of the 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra, Ghana, and update on 2021 Burkina Faso 6th West African Organic Conference (WAOC), etc.
In his welcome address, the EOA West Africa Regional Steering Committee Chairman, Mr Ernest Aubee welcomed the participants at the meeting. He expressed warm greetings from the ECOWAS’ Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr Sékou Sangaré. He laid emphasis on the need for a strong Ecological Organic Agriculture sector which he believes will enable the region to overcome the issue of food insecurity, environmental challenges and provide reliable alternatives to the current situation. He also addressed the Covid-19 pandemic issue which is seriously affecting the world in general and Africa in particular. He prayed that COVID 19 will soon be contained and brought under control. The Chairman of the occasion appreciated the Regional Secretariat for the efforts put in place and encouraged the implementing countries for their resilience in upholding organic agriculture in the region. He also thanked the participants of the virtual meeting and wished the Regional Steering Committee fruitful deliberations.
At the end of the two-day meeting, the participants at the 4th Regional Steering Committee meeting of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative had fruitful discussions which led to strong resolutions and recommendations.

The Association Meets in Umudike, Abia State

The Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria held its meeting at the Alumni Hall of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State on March 10, 2020. The success of this year’s meeting was owed to the efforts of members of the Association, The Local Organising Committee, chaired by Prof. Ike Nwachukwu, members of the Executive Committee, and members of staff of the Association.
Speaking at the meeting, the President of the Association welcomed participants and added that the meeting was the second to be held outside Ibadan, Oyo State. He also appreciated the efforts of the Local Organising Committee of the AGM. Prof. Ike Nwachukwu likewise added that it is a pleasure to have participants in Abia State, he also requested that the President of the Association breaks the Kola as this is the tradition in the East of Nigeria. Participants included those from Akwa Ibom, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ibadan, Kwara, Lagos, Osun State.
Issues discussed in this year’s Annual General Meeting includes Participatory Guarantee System and certification, the modality and the cost implication and categories were also discussed, proposal of strategies for membership drive and value addition, generation of harmonized letterhead for State Chapters , and many more.
Motions were also moved and resolutions made, the outcome and other performances will be discussed at the next AGM. Members unanimously agreed that the Executive Committee members should continue with their respective offices till the next AGM following their performances during their previous tenures.
The constitution of the Association was read at the meeting and this was an interactive session, contributions and suggestions by members were agreed to be added to be submitted to the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee (Dr. Olugbenga AdeOluwa),the revised constitution will then be presented at the next AGM. The next Annual General Meeting was agreed to be in Abuja in 2021. The 2019 Annual General Meeting also includes the launching of Abia State Chapter of the Association, the President of the Association handed over the constitution of the association to the Chairman of the State Chapter, Prof Ike Nwachukwu.

STAYING SAFE THIS PERIOD

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus which was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and loss of smell and taste. Other symptoms include aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea and these may take 5-6 days from when someone is infected with the virus from symptoms to show and this can take 14 days.
The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact often via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing and talking. Due to travelling and movements across borders, Nigeria had its first confirmed case and since then the number of sufferers had increased at an alarming rate.
Presently there is no known approved medication for this disease and it is only advised that you take preventive measures and in case you show symptoms related to this disease, contact the nearest health center and adhere to the rules and measures by the government. The disease can be prevented through the following:
* Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and running water.
* Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and others.
* To avoid spray of liquid droplets from noses or mouth of those who sneeze, cough and speak as they may have the virus.
* Avoid going to crowded places as close contact with carriers may cause the disease to spread.
* Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, hands may touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses, the virus enters your body and infects through your nose mouth and eyes.
* Follow food respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you sneeze, also use nose mask to prevent direct spray of the liquid from contacts.
* Stay home when necessary and self isolate when you notice you have symptoms such as cough, sneezing, mild fever until you recover.
* If you have related symptoms, seek medical attention, follow directives of your national and local health authority.
* Update yourself on the latest information from trusted sources, do not treat yourself.

The Sustainable Farmers Association Organizes 11th Annual farmers Forum

Cross section of farmers chanting their slogan at the event

Cross section of farmers chanting their slogan at the event

The Sutainable Farmers Association gathered at Holy Rosary Catholic School Field, Oloowa Village, Ikire, Osun State. December 4, 2019 for its 11th annual Farmers’ Forum. Invited institutions includes Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, ably represented by Mr Taiwo Oduola, the Public Relations Officer and Miss Rebecca Okunola ,the Communication Officer of the Association, Forest Research Institute of Nigeria, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Oyo State Agricultural Development Program, Osun state Public Health, Justice Development and peace Commission Osogbo, Ilorin, Ado Ekiti, Impact Business Radio (IBR), a radio station in Ibadan. The event had in attendance over 400 farmers.

Mr. Taiwo Oduola, the PRO of the Association gave an brief introduction of the Association and the need to delve into organic farming and agriculture. Informed the gathering on importance of embracing organic farming, and the method of operation. He emphasised the benefits inherent in organic farming, processing and organic living, he also discussed briefly on certification and markets and how membership can be acquired.
A number of farmers groups representatives indicated interest in organic farming by registering their names on the Association’s attendance, information material was also distributed to enable farmers with basic information on the Association and organic standards

Delta State Hosts OAPTIN’s 15th Annual Organic Agriculture Conference

        Group Photograph of participants at the just concluded 15th annual Organic Agriculture Conference

Group Photograph of participants at the just concluded 15th annual Organic Agriculture Conference

“Organic agriculture, though a tedious venture in Nigeria is a money spinning business”, this was mentioned by Prof. V.I.O Olowe, the President, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria who was also the Lead Paper Presenter at the just concluded 15th annual Organic Agriculture Conference organized by Organic Agriculture Projects in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria which was themed “Bridging the Gap Between Researchers and Practitioners of Organic Agriculture For Sustainable Production and Consumption” The event was held at Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Delta state between 25th and 29th November, 2019.
Participants from all cadres were in attendance, among whom were the Executive Governor of Delta State represented by Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, the Honourable Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State, Hon. Julius Egbedi, the Commissioner For Agriculture and Natural Resources, Delta State, Hon. (Barr.) Andrew Orugbo, the Chairman Governing Council, Delta State, Prof. Akpodiete Job, the Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Mr S.O Onibve, Registrar, Delta state Polytechnic, Mr O.E Dabor, the Bursar, Delta State Polytechnic, Dr. Sylvester Anie, the School Librarian to mention but a few.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Adekunle Makinde, the National Coordinating Scientist, OAPTIN stated that the project focuses on capacity building, strategic research in diverse ecologies, advocacy to increase support for the practices of organic agriculture and the consumption of organic produce and building partnership. He also informed participants that there is a change in the name of the Association, Organic Agriculture Projects in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria will hence be called Organic Agriculture Professionals in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria. Prof. Makinde assured that the nature of research activities will be presented and believe that researches are with the aim of solving problems in organic agriculture.
Prof. Akpodiete welcomed participants to Delta State Polytechnic, he added that Delta State polytechnic is privileged to be the first polytechnic to host the event and thanked the OAPTIN team for counting the institution worthy to host it. The Local Organising Committee Chairman, Dr Charity N. Atoma while welcoming participants added that the Rector will be glad to host participants for cocktail at his lodge, which took place the evening of the opening ceremony.
Prof. Ike Nwachukwu in his keynote address appreciated the efforts of NOAN and organic agriculture institutions, he added that organic agriculture must be seen as an integrated whole, where there will be an operational linkage with sub systems, backed by a subtle legislation and that government should recognize the importance of organic agriculture practices in Nigeria and come out with policy guiding the operation and practice of organic agriculture in Nigeria.
At the technical session of the event, various issues stemmed for the paper presentation, the use of poultry manure and its eligibility as an organic fertilizer was discussed, Prof. M. G Solomon of University of Calabar, Cross River State stated that poultry manure may not categorically be called an organic material as some poultry faeces may have cocktail of antibiotics and that in most cases not all elements are broken down. She advised that experiments should be carried out to check the residual effects of using poultry manure in the soil.
It was also mentioned that in making compost, it is essential that the maker ensure there is appropriate oxygen, moisture and nurturing to get the best result. Dr Askira Muhammad of Federal University, kashere, Gombe State reminded participants of the need to have an in depth knowledge of organic agriculture to enable them identify seeds to be used in organic farming. At their annual business meeting , the OAPTIN team decided that the next conference will be at Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State in November 2019.

“Organic agriculture, though a tedious venture in Nigeria is a money spinning business”, this was mentioned by Prof. V.I.O Olowe, the President, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria who was also the Lead Paper Presenter at the just concluded 15th annual Organic Agriculture Conference organized by Organic Agriculture Projects in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria which was themed “Bridging the Gap Between Researchers and Practitioners of Organic Agriculture For Sustainable Production and Consumption” The event was held at Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Delta state between 25th and 29th November, 2019.
Participants from all cadres were in attendance, among whom were the Executive Governor of Delta State represented by Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, the Honourable Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State, Hon. Julius Egbedi, the Commissioner For Agriculture and Natural Resources, Delta State, Hon. (Barr.) Andrew Orugbo, the Chairman Governing Council, Delta State, Prof. Akpodiete Job, the Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Mr S.O Onibve, Registrar, Delta state Polytechnic, Mr O.E Dabor, the Bursar, Delta State Polytechnic, Dr. Sylvester Anie, the School Librarian to mention but a few.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Adekunle Makinde, the National Coordinating Scientist, OAPTIN stated that the project focuses on capacity building, strategic research in diverse ecologies, advocacy to increase support for the practices of organic agriculture and the consumption of organic produce and building partnership. He also informed participants that there is a change in the name of the Association, Organic Agriculture Projects in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria will hence be called Organic Agriculture Professionals in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria. Prof. Makinde assured that the nature of research activities will be presented and believe that researches are with the aim of solving problems in organic agriculture.
Prof. Akpodiete welcomed participants to Delta State Polytechnic, he added that Delta State polytechnic is privileged to be the first polytechnic to host the event and thanked the OAPTIN team for counting the institution worthy to host it. The Local Organising Committee Chairman, Dr Charity N. Atoma while welcoming participants added that the Rector will be glad to host participants for cocktail at his lodge, which took place the evening of the opening ceremony.
Prof. Ike Nwachukwu in his keynote address appreciated the efforts of NOAN and organic agriculture institutions, he added that organic agriculture must be seen as an integrated whole, where there will be an operational linkage with sub systems, backed by a subtle legislation and that government should recognize the importance of organic agriculture practices in Nigeria and come out with policy guiding the operation and practice of organic agriculture in Nigeria.
At the technical session of the event, various issues stemmed for the paper presentation, the use of poultry manure and its eligibility as an organic fertilizer was discussed, Prof. M. G Solomon of University of Calabar, Cross River State stated that poultry manure may not categorically be called an organic material as some poultry faeces may have cocktail of antibiotics and that in most cases not all elements are broken down. She advised that experiments should be carried out to check the residual effects of using poultry manure in the soil.
It was also mentioned that in making compost, it is essential that the maker ensure there is appropriate oxygen, moisture and nurturing to get the best result. Dr Askira Muhammad of Federal University, kashere, Gombe State reminded participants of the need to have an in depth knowledge of organic agriculture to enable them identify seeds to be used in organic farming. At their annual business meeting , the OAPTIN team decided that the next conference will be at Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State in November 2019.

Training of Trainers (TOT) in Organic Agriculture, Principles, Practices and Entrepreneurship; 2019 Events

 

Training of trainers in Organic Agriculture, Principles, Practices and Entrepreneurship (ToT) has been an annual programme conducted by Nigeria Go Organic Project, under the auspices of the Association of Organic Agriculture practitioners of Nigeria for some years. The aim of this event is to provide capacity building in the area of organic agriculture in order to have able hands handle organic agriculture activities in the country. Organic farming is still relatively a new concept in Nigeria which is knowledge intensive. The training has three stages; online class, contact class and practical period. The trainees are expected to step down the training, with the aim of spreading the knowledge to others.
The training programme has been organized in such a way to provide opportunity for all interested people across the country to participate, hence, it comes up three times a year across different regions in Nigeria. In the year 2019, the contact class of ToT in the southwest was hosted by National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan between August 19 and 23, 2019. Participants included farmers in crop and livestock production, intended organic caterer and researchers. The total number of participants was eleven (from Oyo and Ekiti States). The opening ceremony was chaired by the Executive director of NIHORT, Dr. A.A. Olaniyan and closing ceremony by his representative.
The second contact class of ToT for the year took place in Abia State and hosted by Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. The opening and closing ceremonies were attended by the Chairman, Extension Services and the HOD Extension of the Institution. The participants which were 12 in number comprised of farmers, Agricultural extension officers, and researchers from Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom States.
The last contact class of ToT in 2019 took place in the northern region of the country and held between October 28 and November 1. The event was hosted by the Federal University of Kashere, Gombe State. The training had 14 participants in attendance; nine from the host institution, two from Federal College of Horticulture, Dadinkowa, two farmers from Gombe and a farmer from Jos. The opening ceremony was attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the host university, who represented the Vice Chancellor. Also present were Dean and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, representative of the Provost, Federal College of Horticulture, Dadinkowa, representative of ADP Program Manager, Directors in the Federal University of Kashere and many members of staff and students. During the closing, the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Kashere, commended the efforts of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria for organising the Training. According to him, he realized the importance of such training considering the ecological and health implications of conventional agriculture globally; the main reason the University jumped at the opportunity. Having sponsored eight members of staff for the training, he promised to follow up maximising the training acquired by his staff to make the University a Center of Excellence for Organic farming. He promised to set up a committee for the follow up and emphasis the desire to carry along the farmers in Kashere community.
Testimonies of the trainees of the Training of Trainers (ToT) in Organic Agriculture, Principles, Practices and Entrepreneurship abound; revealing continuous impact of the annual event. Thus, practitioners of organic agriculture in the country and other stakeholders are enjoined to look forward to the announcement for the ToT schedule for the year 2020.

The 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra, Ghana 2019

The 5th edition of the West African Organic Conference (WAOC) has officially been declared opened by honourable Owusu Afriyie Akoto (MP) Minister of Agriculture of Ghana, ably represented, He welcomes the participants to Ghana. Participants from the global organic confraternity gather at the University of Ghana, Legon to discuss the state of ecological organic agriculture in the region and in the world at large. More than 350 participants from the global organic confraternity converged to Accra. Key stakeholders in ecological organic agriculture such as; the African Union (AU) Commission on Agriculture, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission on Agriculture, African Organic Network (AfrONet), West African Organic Network (WAfrONet), Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organisations (INOFO), GIZ-Ghana under the auspices of EOAP-Ghana and a host of other organic stakeholders converged to the University of Ghana to discuss the conference main theme “Organic agriculture, life for all” between November 12th and 16th 2019. Also notable were welcome addresses from; the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Dr Fenzy who welcome the participants to Ghana and wished them fruitful conference. The Chairman of the West African Organic Network, Prof Davo Simplice in his welcome remarks thanked both the local and regional organising committees for the efforts put in place for the realisation of the event. Furthermore, Mr Ernest Aubee, the Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the Ecological and Organic Initiative (EOA-I) in West Africa in his opening speech on behalf of His Excellency Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the President ECOWAS Commission and the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Sékou Sangaré, brought warm greetings and welcome the gathering to West Africa and reiterates the commitment of the ECOWAS Commission to see a vibrant regional organic agriculture. In addition, in his opening speech on behalf of the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission (AUC), Her Excellency, Amb. Josefa Correia Sacko, Dr. Simplice Nouala congratulate the host country for putting together all it takes to organise a good event.
During the Conference, key presentations and discussions centred on scientific research, policy and markets, farmers’ innovation information sharing were discussed. The last day witnessed series of meetings such as the West African Ecological Organic Agriculture stakeholders’, the Regional Steering Committee and the West African Organic Network General Assembly meetings where crucial issues were ironed out. At the end of the programme, the participants at the 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra, Ghana agree to meet in Burkina Faso in 2021 for the 6th West African Organic Conference.

Mrs Sowemimo Olusola, Dr Ayanfeoluwa olufemi and Mrs Oyedeji Tolulope who are  members of the Association were given INOFO Farmers Recognition Award

Mrs Sowemimo Olusola, Dr Ayanfeoluwa olufemi and Mrs Oyedeji Tolulope who are members of the Association were given INOFO Farmers Recognition Award

The 4th annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit Holds in Lagos

     Group Picture at the 4th annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit Holds in Lagos

Group Picture at the 4th annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit Holds in Lagos

The 4th annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit organised by Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative in collaboration with Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria took place at the Banquet Hall of Solab Hotel and Suites, Ikeja, Lagos from 16th to 18th October, 2019. The event was themed “Organic Export Opportunity For National Development” and had in attendance notable dignitaries and stakeholders in organic agriculture, among whom were Col. Abubakar Maimalari, Prof. Akin Abayomi, the honourable Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Prof. V.I.O Olowe, the President, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, the Executive Secretary, National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) represented by Dr. Jauro Kubura, Dr. AdeOluwa Olugbenga, the Country Coordinator, EOA in Nigeria Project, Dr Cornelius Adebayo, lecturer at Washington State University, USA, the Project Implementing Partners (PIPs) from the major regions of Nigeria, members of the Executive Committee of the Association, participants from within and outside Nigeria, organizations like Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Bank of Agriculture, Nigeria Agriculture Quarantine Service, Raw Material Research and Development Council were ably represented.
In his welcome address, the Chairman, National Steering Committee of EOA in Nigeria, Mr Isah Adamu informed that Lagos is a neutral ground for the annual national summit and that respective regions will host the summit as at when due. The representative of NBTE added in her goodwill message that the organization is willing to partner with EOA. The keynote speaker, in the person of Colonel Abubakar Maimalari enjoined participants to take advantage of the organic business opportunities in the country, he also declared the 2019 annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit open. In the history of organic business summit, the 2019 NOABS created a landmark in organic agriculture movement as it featured plenary presentations, colloquium, business fora, exhibitions, cocktail and a groundbreaking event as issues germane in organic agriculture standards principles and practices were discussed and actualized viz:
· Inauguration of Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) national task force,
· Generation of organic agriculture curricula and incorporation into Nigerian polytechnics by the next academic year,
· Launching of organoculture, a journal for the annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit,
· It created a platform for organic agribusiness and export promotions.

USES OF ASHES IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

Introduction: Ashes to many people is a complete waste emanating from a deliberate or accidental burns of a material. Be it wood, leaves, textile or any other form of combustible items. Whereas we generate ashes commonly from woods through cooking with firewood or charcoal.
Ashes are a very useful material in organic agriculture:

i. Seed treatment: Ashe is very good in the treatment of all kinds of seed before planting. For cereal or grains, where there is suspicious diseases or fungi in the soil the seed can be mixed with little water and ashes, allow to dry for between thirty minutes and one hour then go on with the planting. This will protect the seed from attack at emergence. It is good our seed before planting. For yam tubers, when we are cutting yams to make yam set, the wet part (opening) should be placed on the ashes and allow to dry before planting.
ii. Nursery treatment: It is good to protect our seeds at nursery against any form of attack. At nurseries, it is observed that the plants are so tender and can be easily destroyed by any pest but if we spray the nursery with ashes after planting on the seed bed, it will give the seed additional protection to transplanting stage.
iii. Transplanting treatment: Most plants which are raised through seed bed should be given additional protection on their permanent location before it acclimatized with its new environment. After the transplanting, we can apply ashes round the tender plants such as tomatoes and garden egg.
iv. Treatment as pest control: Pests can be controlled on our farms especially in the vegetable farms, wood ashes can be sprayed or sprinkled on vegetables from time to time as this action will protect our plant to harvesting period provided it is applied regularly and after wetting with water as water applied during wetting will wash away the ashes, so there is need to re-apply the ashes.
v. Treatment as fertilizer: Ashes contain some materials that serve as fertilizer. It is observed that a farm which makes use of ashes produce good harvest compared to a farm where ashes were not applied.

Members of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria Meet in Akwa Ibom State

The 2018 Annual General Meeting took place at Conference Hall of Catholic Pastoral Centre, Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Present at the meeting were Members of the Executive of the Association, representative of Ministry of Agriculture, Akwa Ibom State, members from Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Oyo, Ogun, Abia, Lagos and Delta State,. Prof. V. I. O. Olowe, the President of the Association in his opening address welcomed everyone to the meeting, he also pointed out that the Association entertains open discussion, constructive and corrective arguments. Rev. Fr. Cletus Etim, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee, 2018 Annual General Meeting welcomed everyone to Akwa Ibom on behalf of the government and the good people of Akwa Ibom, a representative from Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Agriculture in person of Mr. Ernest Awakessien during his goodwill message added that Akwa Ibom State will not hesitate to collaborate with the Association, he also appreciated the Association for creating impact in organic agriculture. There were several issues discussed at the meeting with the following decisions taken to improve the delivery of services to the Association members:
1. On the urgent need to recover outstanding dues being owed by members, it was unanimously agreed that member Identification Number (ID) be immediately generated for everyone and members should always write their ID number when doing any monetary or administrative transaction with the Association.
2. State Chapters will generate list of their members in collaboration with the National Secretariat in order to effectively recover outstanding dues and monitor subsequent dues.
3. On State Chapter letter head, a template with the National logo and State map was adopted to be the official letter head for all the State Chapters.
4. State Chapters were charged to partner with their respective State Governments in order to create organic markets in strategic locations in the States for consumers to purchase organic produce/products.
5. On the use of the Association’s WhatsApp platform, it was noted that sanctions imposed on erring members has brought some level of civility to members on the platform. However, a comprehensive audit was recommended to be carried out by the Administrators to remove non-financial members from the platform.
6. At least a page in every issue of the Newsletter should be dedicated to farmers i.e. publish available organic inputs, bio-pesticides, products in demand, etc.
7. After a protracted discussion on current training programs (TA on Capacity Building and ToT) of the Association, it was resolved that such ongoing programs should continue, but more affordable and equally effective training programs be developed for members with the Extension agents as the target audience (including Private extension Agents).
8. As the State Chapters involve and have competent resource persons, the members of the Nat. TA will no longer have to travel across the country to mount training programs. Topics of training programs to be mainly demand driven and States are free to invite competent resource persons from neighboring States.
9. On PGS Certification, the Certification and Standard TA Group was charged with the responsibility to develop the capacity of State Chapter members for training to enable them carry out certification and inspection independently.
During the meeting, Anambra and Oyo State Chapters expressed readiness to be inaugurated on April 25 and 30, 2019, respectively and the next Annual General Meeting was agreed to be held at Abia state.