ORGANIC FARMING: EKITI JDPI TRAINS FARMERS

By Olaniyi Gbenaga

Government at all levels have been advised to put in place policies that will promote organic farming in the country.

This is to prevent ailments associated with inorganic system of farming.

A lecturer from the Federal College of Agriculture More plantaintion, Ibadan, Oyo State, Dr Olufemi Ayanfeoluwa stated these during a one day training put in place by Justice Development and Peace Initiative, Ekiti Catholic Diocese, in Collaboration with Misereor.

Dr Ayanfeoluwa said that organic farming would also prevent climate change, saying that most of the chemical used for conventional farming were not climate friendly hence the need to discard them.

He confirmed that eaten organic farm produce such as poultry products and crops would promote healthy living.

Dr Ayanfeoluwa added that produce from organic farming would also protect the health of the farmers from the hazard associated with the use of chemicals in plant and animal productions.

The lecturer explained that there was available market for organic products in Nigeria and foreign countries urging farmers to embrace such kind of farming system.

In a remark, Head of Rural Development programme, Justice Development and peace initiave, Mr Eze Remigius said the training was put in place to raise the consciousness of farmers on the importance of organic farming and how to be certified.

Mr Remigius explained that JDPI had been training farmers across the Sixteen local government of Ekiti State on organic farming system.

During a separate interviews, two of the participants, mr Azeez Salami and Mr Clement Farotimi described the training as apt and promised to abide by the lessons learnt as regards organic farming.

The Farmers appealed to government to provide soft loans for them to produce in large quantity to check shortage of food in the society.

The training which took place in Ado Ekiti had over one hundred participants drawn from across the sixteen local government area of the state.