The Federal Government have been urged to support the development of organic agriculture in the country to ensure food safety and security in the land.
This was the consensus of stakeholder during the recently concluded organic agricultural export produce forum in Lagos where they unanimously agreed that “Nigeria is a nation that can feed the world and should never go hungry by depending on importation of foreign agricultural produce for feeding of its populace.”
Specifically, they noted that because of the prevalent diseases that are now being experienced in farming, it is time to encourage organic agriculture.
They added that export of organic produce will help to increase foreign exchange earnings, reduce the reliance on oil, and bring the country out of economic recession.
Speaking at the agric forum, immediate past president of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Agric. sub Sector), Prince Wale Oyekoya, said that Nigeria is ripe to adopt cultivation of organic agriculture to achieve food export growth and agricultural productivity since most advanced countries in the world are threading the path of organic agriculture.
He said: “Half of what we eat here in Nigeria are organically produced. But if we want to increase it to over 80 per cent, it will help our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Because it will make us compete for exports of agricultural produce to the outside world, it will increase our foreign exchange earnings and reduce import of food; a situation which is completely unacceptable for a country like ours.”
Also speaking at the event, the Deputy Director, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, FIIRO, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Adediran, noted that FIIRO has been at the vanguard of campaigning for the use of raw materials for manufacturing of agricultural products in Nigeria.
“We have identified one raw material in every 774 local governments of Nigeria and we have attached a FIIRO project to each raw material. We have mechanised those areas of our food processing that involve too much drudgery, and we are transferring the technologies to the farmers and general public through training.”
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