The Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN) has called on farmers to embrace organic farming to prevent further destruction of the ecosystem and guarantee food security.
The association also appealed to policymakers in the government to develop a legal framework that will boost organic farming in the country.
This call is the fallout of the discussions at the ongoing National Organic Agriculture Business Summit, jointly organised by the association and the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture.
The summit focused on several organic agriculture business opportunities in the health and hospitality sectors in Nigeria.
Speakers at the event raised the alarm over the apparent danger in the depletion of the ecology associated with conventional methods of farming such as bush burning, use of chemicals and pesticides among others.
The Country Coordinator of Ecology Organic Agriculture, Dr Gbenga Adeoluwa, said a lot still needed to be done to raise the awareness on organic farming and the purchase of organic products by members of the public.
“There are over 5,0000 organic farming practitioners in Nigeria, though globally, land allocated to organic farming is just one per cent.
“Though organic farming is fraught with many challenges, practitioners are of the view that the practice is growing globally with increasing demand for organic products across the globe,” Adeoluwa said.
By Say Ramoni