Ernest Aubee, Head, Department of Agriculture, ECOWAS Commission Abuja says Nigeria is one of the leading countries in West Africa that have taken the lead in efforts to mainstream organic agriculture in school curriculum.
Aubee, who is also Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee, Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) initiative in Nigeria said this at a workshop on “Understanding Organic Agriculture for Curriculum Development”, organised by EOA in Abuja.
He said that the workshop was aimed at seeing how best to mainstream organic agriculture into the school curriculum to encourage and promote its sustainability in the country.
“What you are doing is a very big initiative that will benefit, not only Nigeria as a country, but also the other 14 ECOWAS member states.
“EOA has recently been given a pride of place in the ECOWAS Commission and we already have a project that is ongoing in some member countries.
“We hope that at the end of the first phase, we will be able to replicate it to all the 15 ECOWAS member states including,” he said.
The Acting Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Mr Saidu Madagwa, represented by Dr Kidda Danjuma of the council said that the importance of the workshop could not be over emphasised.
“The workshop is coming at a time when cases of indiscriminate use of chemicals in agriculture is becoming quite worrisome with the resultant adverse effect on public and animal health, which could have severe consequences for the environment.
“A major avenue to mitigate these adverse effects is to encourage organic agriculture practice rather than the use of inputs that could have adverse effects,’’ Madagwa said.
Dr Adamu Kazaure, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Tertiary Education (NBTE) represented by Dr Jauro Kubura said the board would continue to encourage the practice of organic agriculture.
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