Organic agric: Training programme will strengthen farmers – Coordinator

By Ebere Agozie

Abuja –   Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa, the Country Coordinator, Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria, says the “Train the Trainers Programme’’ adopted by the project will strengthen farmers’ empowerment.
Adeoluwa made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja ahead of the upcoming Northern segment of the programme, organised by the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria.
He said the certificate course training with the theme ‘Organic Agriculture: Principles, Practices and Entrepreneurship’ would take place in Abuja from Dec. 10 to Dec. 14, Abuja Enterprise Agency, Jahi District.
“The training of capacity building for management, decision-making, communication and leadership is central to organic agriculture practice.
“It will give participants the capacity to analyse farmers’ constraints and identify opportunities, articulate their needs, exchange information on the use of relevant agricultural knowledge and technologies.
“And also serve as a way to stimulate organic agricultural productivity and as well make farming as a career more attractive to people’’.
Adeoluwa said that the organic agriculture training would cover a broad range of formal and informal activities that build capacity within the sector.
“The training is therefore the principal source from which farmers can access resources for improving agricultural productivity and natural resource management.
“It will contribute to agricultural development by strengthening capabilities for innovation and willingness to adopt and apply the principles of organic farming.
“Farmer-to-farmer communication is also a powerful tool since most people communicate more easily with their peers and tend to quickly adopt practices once recognised as successful,” said the coordinator..
According to him, the programme was designed to take place in different parts of Nigeria, arranged into groups – South-East/South-South, South-West and Northern zone. (NAN)

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