Eco, ECOWAS

Mr Ernest Aubee, Head of Agriculture, ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, has called on stakeholders to initiate partnership strategies to support ecological organic agriculture institutions and expertise in Africa.

Aubee made the call while presenting a report at the end of the 3-day National Organic Agriculture Business Summit on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that it was important to enact a bill on organic agriculture policies and involve policy makers in their activities and programs.

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“Increased sensitisation and awareness on benefits of organic agriculture and the need for an organic policy to serve as a guide and guard against abuse is paramount to regulation of the organic sector in the country .

“Although, the fertiliser policy in Nigeria has a section on organic, but this is limited to organic fertilisers which is just a component of organic agriculture.

“These situations call for a need for the government of Nigeria to pay more attention by regulating the organic sector in the country through appropriate policies.

“All aspects of organic agriculture value chain need to be included into the organic agriculture policy by ensuring involvement of policy makers in organic agriculture activities and programs, ” he added.

According to him, the increasing global development of organic agriculture have positive implications for food security and economic development in West Africa.

“African Heads of States and Governments made a declaration to support Organic Farming in Africa under decision EX.CL/ Dec. 621 (XVII) in 2011.

“This decision includes all member states of the ECOWAS Commission, as a result, various initiatives are now being pursued to address the food insecurity challenge among other challenges, and one such initiatives is the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative.

”However, development of organic agriculture in each member states of the ECOWAS Commission requires appropriate policies to provide enabling environment for stakeholders of organic agriculture,” he said.

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