The strike embarked upon by the Tutorial Workers of College nationwide and the inner paperwork of the present administration have affected the exercise, particularly the analysis parts of Ecological Natural Agriculture (EOA) actions.
Talking on the problem of EOA in Nigeria whereas presenting a report of the state of EOA with a subject the Ecological Natural Agriculture (EOA) Initiative Implementation in Nigeria in Abuja, the Nation Coordinator of EOA, Dr. Olugbenga O. AdeOluwa, stated the dimensions of EOA market in Nigeria continues to be small however revolutionary.
He stated additional that the demand for natural produce is bigger than the availability since most farmers concerned are small holders and that there’s a want for scaling up manufacturing.
“The myths of natural agriculture are many. Majority of the researcher and coverage makers equate natural agriculture with natural fertilizer, whereas quantity of natural produce accessible per season can not maintain the markets established. Problems with weed management, pest administration, absence to farm equipment / inputs and steady depending on rain fed agriculture has restricted manufacturing.
“Mainstreaming of EOA into nationwide agricultural coverage in Nigeria is regularly coming to actuality. Not less than eight MDAs have assigned desk officers inside their group for EOA associated points specifically: Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Growth (FMARD); Federal Ministry of Business, Commerce and Funding (FMITI); Federal Ministry of Training, Federal Ministry of Finance, Federal Ministry of Well being; Agricultural Analysis Council of Nigeria (ARCN); Uncooked Supplies Analysis and Growth council; Nigerian Export Promotion Council Analysis (NEPC) and Nationwide Orientation Company Conclusion contd.
“The Nationwide Natural Agriculture Enterprise Summit (NOABS); an annual occasion principally used for pushing the EOA agenda within the nation, has 20 MDAs and over 24 different organizations within the planning committee and implementation of NOABS 2021 held in NEPC headquarters, Abuja from 2 – 4 November. Two new gross sales retailers have been established within the final two months. (Jaja Clinic of the College of Ibadan and Oyo State Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Agric. within the state).
On funding, he stated the Initiative solely acquired seed fund as help from Swiss Company for Growth and Cooperation by means of Biovision Africa Belief, saying there may be the necessity to fund elevate to help the actions of the Initiative within the nation.
On achievement, AdeOluwa, stated a database of natural agriculture analysis on crop and livestock have been produced and distributed in strategic institutional libraries in Nigeria; in bridging natural analysis gaps within the nation.
Including that the initiative has efficiently supported one PhD diploma programme whereas the help of the opposite one is ongoing and that the programme has additionally supported eight Grasp research and publication of seven analysis articles in a global journal.
“The draft curriculum for a full programme on Natural Agriculture Know-how (OAT) within the Schools of Agriculture has been produced. The fabric is able to be subjected to pre-critic and nationwide validation workshops earlier than absorption by the universities after approval from Nationwide Board for Technical Training.
“Coaching of over 250 extension officers within the 35 states and Abuja on Fundamentals of Natural Agriculture, Idea of Innovation Platforms and the way it operates and the operationalization of natural agriculture innovation platforms for driving natural agriculture markets in Nigeria. Facilitated the creation of Natural Agriculture Innovation Platform on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Welcoming the individuals, the Chairperson, EOA Nationwide Steering Committee, Mrs Igoh Janets stated the assembly was to report Achievement of EOA initiatives to the Nationwide System on the sustainability of EOA mission in Nigeria and unveiling of Natural and Agroecology Initiative (ORAIN).