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.

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.

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.

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  • maintain biological diversity within the system
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