An appeal has been made to the Federal government include the youths in organic farming in order to create a sustainable agriculture development in Nigeria.
An ecologist, Dr. Olugbenga Adeoluwa who is also the Director of Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria made the appeal during an interview with The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
He advised organic farming be added to school curriculum at the state and federal level.
“There is the 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.
“To engage 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.
Adeoluwa assured the organization will involve the youth in the 2018 National Organic Agriculture Business submit as this will enable them to learn about various opportunities in the sector.
He said, “The summit will serve as a platform for organic agriculture farmers, consumers and interested members of the public to exchange ideas, knowledge, and services for job creation,’’ he said.