Expert harps on benefits of organic agric
From Akinnodi Francis, Ore
An agric expert, Chief Michael Olanrewaju has urged the Federal Government to involve youths in organic agriculture for sustainable agricultural development in the country.
The former Ondo State Agric Officer said this in an interview with The Hope in Odigbo.
He urged the federal government to show commitment in engaging youths in organic agricultural business through various programmes.
Olanrewaju added that the effort would be a means to support the youths to be useful to themselves as well as the society.
The retired officer suggested that organic agriculture should be inculcated into schools’ curriculum with efforts from the state to the federal level.
According to him, a summit is scheduled for July 10 to 13, and will be taking place in Lagos.
The summit will serve as a platform for organic agricultural farmers, consumers and interested members of the public to exchange ideas, knowledge and services for job creation
“There is need for the development and implementation of appropriate policies to support organic agriculture in Nigeria.
“We want to scale up ecologically sound strategies and practices among diversified stakeholders through institutional capacity development.
“Also, through scientific innovations, market participation, public policies and programmes, outreach and communication, efficient coordination, networking, partnerships among others.
“Nigerian youths have significant roles to play in organic agriculture as such will ensure job opportunities and contribute a sustainable development across the country.
“Engaging youths in organic agriculture can also help address food insecurity and contribute to improving the livelihoods of the stakeholders in the organic agriculture value chain.
“Also, organic farmers will be involved in the practical aspects of the training of the youths in the country,” he said.
He added that the involvement would help them learn many things that about organic farming systems.
He also said that organic agriculture was managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations as well as the environment.
He added that organic agriculture also prevents significant risks through adoption of appropriate technologies and rejection ofunpredictable ones such as genetic engineering.
Olanrewaju, therefore, said that agriculture farming and consumption decisions should reflect the values and needs of all who were involved.