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.

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