KCOA moves to involve more local farmers in organic agriculture

KNOWLEDGE Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa (KCOA) recently brought together stakeholders in organic agriculture to deliberate on more participation by local farmers in organic agriculture.

The one day workshop tagged “The Multiplier Mapping for Skill Acquisition and Knowledge Dissemination within the KCOA Project” was aimed at developing knowledge hubs for Africa in organic agriculture that would cut across different regions of Africa which include the South, East, North and West African countries.

The Country Coodinator of KCOA, Jude Obi, while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the workshop noted that the purpose of the workshop was to serve as a build-up multiplier project which would be a game changer for the participants to have ability to translate the training to what local farmers can key into.

Obi, disclosed that the centre of the hub is located in Senegal with three Non-governmental organisations anchoring the programmes, adding that the workshop will served as a build up for subsequent training in organic agriculture.

He said: “Man does not bother about the environment and the environment is fighting us back by bringing virus like coronavirus. Once we are able to practice agriculture in harmonious way where the plant, animals and the environment are treated harmoniously, all the problems around us would be reduced.

“African leaders should come out boldly and support organic agriculture if they have known that it is the right way to go, they should implement it in their policies and economic plan”, Obi said.

The president, Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, Victor Olowe, lamented that government at various levels are not doing enough to encourage organic agriculture because most farmers have not totally embraced it, saying that most of the local farmers are doing more of natural agriculture which is not 100 per cent organic.

“Organic agriculture is a production system that take care of the environment where it is practiced, and people living within the environment, every living organism within the ecosystem will benefit, the benefit is the health conscious of the consumers and also of the soil.

On his part, the Project Manager of KCOA-FENAB, Mouhamed Seek, said that the project was aimed to put in place knowledge by training, adding that eight trainers will be trained and each of them will thereafter trained 50 farmers.

He noted that organic agriculture came to Africa through the Africa Union (AU) because most of African environment are very sensitive, adding that the main thing about organic agriculture is practicing agriculture in a friendly and conducive way without using extraneous materials that will make the environment to deteriorate, in a friendly manner where the plants, animal and the environment.

He said: “The greatest problem that Africans farmers are facing is the ability to effectively utilised the available resources that we have, this project will collate those problems, make it available, and make use of them so that the problem of food shortage and environment degradation will be solved.

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