NIGERIAN farmers have been urged to consider the practice of organic agriculture because of the numerous benefits that abound in it.
Making the plea was the National Coordinator, Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture (KCOA), Dr Jude Obi, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune in Ibadan recently.
Obi noted that:” If we want to live healthy if we want to have a good life if want to enjoy the good taste in our food if we want to have food products that do not deteriorate fast after harvest then we must go organic.
“If we must go organic, we must convince the farmers to go organic. And the challenges the farmers have in organic are many but the association and larger bodies are dealing with those issues and to make organic production easy.
“So we are telling farmers is come, embrace organic agriculture. Organic agriculture ensures the safety of the farmers. When a farmer uses synthetic material the first victim is the farmer. In the first instance, when a farmer is spraying herbicide or insecticide the first victim is the farmer, the consumer is secondary.
“So, when farmers embrace organic agriculture, their production process gives them the first round of safety, then the consumer gets the second round of safety. Farmers should embrace organic agriculture so that they can enjoy the bumper harvest, good health and must protect our environment and give our consumers the organic food they need.”
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