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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