Inspectors from various facets of Organic Agriculture at ‘Togun Farm

A five man delegate comprising of Mr. Bakare Mukaila Amoo, President, Ago Owu Farmer Group, group leader Ago Owu Farmer group and member of Association of Organic Agricuture Practitioners of Nigeria , Dr. Olugbenga O. AdeOluwa, Vice President of the Association, Dr Mrs. Christiana Olaniyi, Ex-Officio of  the Association, lecturer, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Mr. Adegoke Asimiyu Akanbi, Zonal Extension Officer, Agriculture Development Program, Ogbomoso, Miss Rebecca Okunola, Communications Officer, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria took a trip to ‘Togun Farm, Ogbomoso,  on the 26th of October, 2018,  a farm owned by Late Prof. Victor Adegboye ‘Togun, ,one of the founding fathers and advocate of Organic Agriculture movement. Before his departure, he was the Chairman, National Steering Committee for Ecological Organic Agriculture in Nigeria (EOA-I).

Togun farm, registered under TECOBIC farm in the corporate category of membership of the Association covers about 90.8 acres of land, with cashew crops mainly cultivated; other cultivations include maize, cassava. Beekeeping was also a notable venture of the farm with more than five beehives kept under the canopy of the cashew trees. The deceased wife in person of Mrs. Fola O. Togun decided to proceed with the vision and aims of her late husband which was the need to produce crops and foods for safety of human health. She however invited the Association to help in starting afresh an organic farm. She was as well enlightened on what organic agriculture entails after they gave a breakdown of how they managed the farm using organic input and methods, a couple of auditing was done on the farm and observations were made by the team, among which were the planting distance which was said to be 7-8metres ideally as against the 10metres earlier done for cashew plantation.

By calculation, the land mass for cashew plantation was about 25 acres. Dr. AdeOluwa advised that through cattle grazing and dunks, integrated farming should be applied for proper farm management and the use of services in place of stipends given by nomadic herders contracted the maintenance of the farm to. It was also added that the cashew trees are competing with the weeds. He also suggested planting in between to enable proper use of the land, processing the cashew to extract oil to be able to sustain the farmland with ease. The need to enlighten the farm handlers on Organic Agriculture was re-iterated as ignorance of the standards of organic agriculture by these entities may contaminate the farm and this will take about three (3) years before the farmland regain its sanctity.

The hosts in persons of Mr. Adeyemi Olajide, Mrs Fola O ‘Togun appreciated the efforts of the Association for the visit, the Association’s representative, Dr AdeOluwa added that the Association/ EOA-I intends to reciprocate the selflessness and the efforts of Late Victor Adegboye ‘Togun in his bid to create awareness and advocate for organic agriculture in Nigeria and diaspora during his days.