The Sustainable Farmers Association Organizes its 11th Annual Farmers Forum

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.

Cross section of farmers chanting their slogan at the event

Cross section of farmers chanting their slogan at the event

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.

                    Mr Oduola during his presentation at the event

Mr Oduola during his presentation at the event

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.

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 the honourable Owusu Afriyie Akoto (MP) Minister of Agriculture of Ghana, ably represented 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 of the event is: Organic agriculture, life for all between November 12th and 16th 2019.

Representative of the Honourable Owusu Afriyie Akoto (MP), Minister for Agriculture of Ghana during the official opening of the 5th edition of the West African Organic Conference (WAOC)

Representative of the Honourable Owusu Afriyie Akoto (MP), Minister for Agriculture of Ghana during the official opening of the 5th edition of the West African Organic Conference (WAOC)

Also notable were welcome addresses from; the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Dr Fenzy welcomes 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 welcomes 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 congratulates the host country for putting together all it takes to organise a good event.

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

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.

Oyo State Chapter, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners Of Nigeria Organises A Day Mushroom Training


Participants at the training held at Oyo state ADP, Odo Ona

The Thematic Group, Capacity Building, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of  Nigeria, in collaboration with Oyo State Chapter of the Association organized a day workshop on organic mushroom cultivation, this training was held at Oyo state Agricultural Development Program, Odo ona, Ibadan on Nov. 1, 2018. Present at the training were Prof. V.I Olowe, The National President, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, Prof. Timothy I. Olabiyi,The Chairman, Thematic Group, Mrs.Oluyinka  Odukoya,The General Secrertary of the Association , Dr. Jolade Aderonke  Sansa,State Cordinator, Oyo state Chapter, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, Chief Moshood Salimonu, National Treasurer of the Association, Mr. Rasheed Adegbola, an esteemed member of the Association, about 66 participants were also in attendance.

The opening remark was made by Prof. V.I  Olowe who admonished participants to join the Association as a lot of benefits are embedded in being members, he also implored them to pay attention to the lectures being given. The resource person, Prof. Timothy Olabiyi gave a quick summary of Organic Agriculture and its application in Mushroom production. He stated that organic mushrooms are produced using methods that preserve the environment, hence inculcating the principle of environment, they grow in certain conditions such as a very cool and clean environment,  as mushroom thrives in a clean and cool environment , it requires daily personal hygiene on the part of the grower so as not to pollute the inoculum with trichoderma, a peculiar problem in the mushroom cultivation industry, he advised that water tunnels should be used to avoid rats around the place these mushrooms are planted.

Before mushroom is cultivated, inspections have to be made, sunlight is not required and  there must be shades from trees for cooling effects. It does not require much land and the duration between the planting and harvesting is only 28-35 days. It is a nutritious antioxidant, has vitamin B (complex) Selenium, good for regulation of blood sugar level, cardiovascular health and immunity, weight management. He also added that mushrooms require spawn, substrate, and environment (cool and clean) and that the production process involves spawn production, spawn multiplication, substrate formulation, inoculation, incubation, growth and harvesting. Spawn is a bit difficult to produce but can be bought, substrates can be in form of sawdust and wheat /rice bran, cotton waste, rice straws, maize cub can also be used all these were demonstrated by Prof. Timothy Olabiyi and Mr. Afolabi Femi Johnson. The Thematic group, Capacity Building of the Association also plans to organize a day Workshop on Organic Aquaculture scheduled to hold ADP Odo ona, Ibadan and in the Eastern part of Nigeria ( Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Rivers and Cross River)  all in February 2019. This workshop is however open to members of the association and the general public who wish to delve into organic agriculture.

Organic Agriculture Projects in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN), organizes its 14th Annual Organic Conference


Participants at the 14th Organic Conference organized by OAPTIN

The much anticipated 14th Organic Conference organised by Organic Agriculture Projects in Tertiary institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN) themed “Organic Agriculture: Food Security, Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture” which was held on 26th to 29th November, 2018 at Kola Adebisi Building, Abeokuta had in attendance practitioners and stakeholders from far and near  wanting to delve into organic agriculture. Renown organic agriculture practitioners such as prof. V.I Olowe, the National President, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria who is also the Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the event, Dr Olugbenga O. AdeOluwa, Vice President, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria and key note speaker of the day, Barr. Olusola Sowemimo, a member of the Association and a guest speaker, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), represented by prof. M.O Atayese, Dr Mrs Florence Olowokere, Prof. I.O.O Aiyelagbe, Pioneer NCS, (OAPTIN) graced the occasion. In his welcome address, the National Coordinator, OAPTIN and the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta commended the efforts of the National Executive members of OAPTIN for consistently organising annual conferences right from inception of the project in 2004 to date and the courage of participants who have travelled from far and near to attend this year’s conference. He pointed out that organic agriculture as a production system has gained prominence as a global movement in the last two decades which has risen from 63.8billion US dollars in 2012 to almost 100billion US dollars in 2017. But organic agriculture is still a very minute niche in terms of its global farmland which is less than 1% relative to the global farmland despite the high value of money being spent on organic products. This induces the need for all the stakeholders in organic agriculture to harness all efforts and scale up prove success stories in order to meet the rapidly increasing demand for organic products. He charged the participants to do justice to the theme of the conference which is ‘”Organic Agriculture: Food Security improved Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture”.


Guests of Honour at the Opening Ceremony of the 14th Organic Conference

In addition, Dr AdeOluwa in his keynote address stated that there has been exponential development in global organic agriculture sector since 1999. Global organic agriculture sector was valued at 82 billion USD with total organic area of 57.8 million producers as at 2016 and that development of organic agriculture enterprise in Nigeria is still very low, Nigeria is yet to tap into this great opportunity. He added that organic agriculture is a force to reckon with and it proffers solutions by getting quality and safe foods on the table. He stressed the need for farmers and other food processors to incorporate organic agriculture into food production. It was also pointed out that pathogens, GMOs and other factors are affecting food security. Organically produced food has higher nutrient content than conventionally produced foods, vegetables and fruits for example have high level of phosphorus and vitamin C than conventional produce.

At the technical session which took place on 27th Nov, 2018, participants from all facets of academics were in attendance, in the course of paper presentations, various participants gave low down of how certain seeds were planted organically, the period , seeds like Okro, Soursop, Tigernut to mention a few. Issues were brought up and critiques such as Prof. V.I.O Olowe pointed out that detailed component analysis should be made for clearer and thorough reports, integrated nutrient management which is prohibited in organic agriculture. Standard nitrogen content for organic fertilizers must not be more than 5% , Prof. Chris Adejuyigbe of the Department of Soil Science and Land Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta also pointed out that organic agriculture practice follows procedures, he added that organic manure is prepared and ready during a period of two weeks to stimulate microbial activities which generates heat and if not given time may damage the seedlings, he added that composts get ready after two weeks through the help of trychoderma and that organic standards varies across the world but there is basic standard which cannot be ruled out. Prof. Olowe appreciated everyone present and implored participants to join the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria as OAPTIN has a strong tie with the Association. 

TRAINING OF TRAINERS 2018