Stakeholders in the organic agriculture sector pledged on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 in Abuja to ensure that Nigerians consume safe food to reduce their frequent hospital visits.
Dr. Olugbenga Adeoluwa, National Coordinator of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria, made the pledge during a three-day Training of Trainers on Organic and Agroecological Agriculture by the National Agriculture Agency. Guidance (NOA) in collaboration with Nigeria Go Organic and Organic and Agroecology Initiative.
Adeoluwa said the training would cover many aspects with the aim of disseminating knowledge on organic farming.
He said the training will also bring Nigeria out of obscurity for many people in the country to know about organic farming.
According to Adeoluwa, participants will also gain knowledge on how to use and practice organic agriculture for financial empowerment, job security, good governance and sustainable use of environmental resources.
Mr. David Akoji, the special assistant to NOA’s chief executive, Dr. Garba Abari, who represented the latter, said that it was timely for people to eat well because they are what they eat.
Abari said NOA has a collective commitment to the organic farming initiative and will create sustained awareness.
“We strongly believe that organic farming and agroecology are the way forward as they promote safe and healthy products, higher nutritional value and longer shelf life,” he said.
Earlier, Ms. Theresa Maduekwe, Deputy Director of the Mass Mobilization Department, said NOA has a mandate to enlighten Nigerians on good values and behavior change from negative to positive.
“NOA is very close to the grassroots population which gives it the ability to bring things to everyone in this country,” Maduekwe said.
She praised the partnership with the EOA and said she was optimistic that the training would go a long way in helping them.
By Abigael Joshua