Tundun Wada (Nasarava) – Mr. Patrick Onluriri, director of C & C project Burford Consulting Limited, says organic farming brings vital benefits because it helps preserve the organic composition of the soil, reduce erosion and improve fertility and biodiversity.
Onwuliri reported this on Friday during a conversation with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) at the 11th agricultural exhibition in the state of Tundun Wada, Nasarava state.
He said that organic farming helps preserve nutrients in foods that make people healthy.
“Many pesticides and fertilizers are used to protect crops in inorganic agriculture that are harmful to health.
“We are promoting organic agriculture to provide an organic solution to the agricultural problems that we do in all aspects of agriculture: from poultry, crops to warehouses.
“We are concerned about the various problems that Nigeria faces in terms of pests and diseases, which led to the ban on its agricultural products by the European Union (EU).
“The ban is based on pest infestation, as well as pesticide residue found in some foods.
“But we consume them without knowing, and this causes many problems in health problems such as cancer, infertility among others,” he said.
Onululari added: “We train Nigerians on various aspects of the value chain in order to return to the organic way of farming.”
He said that the Agricultural Exhibition provided a very good opportunity for training and interaction with farmers, medical workers and various stakeholders, and the message was well received.
“The problem is that they want the message to continue because they want more interaction with the farmers.
“They want to re-educate farmers because of improper education, believing that only chemicals are the solution to agricultural problems, but we are doing everything we can to reverse and increase the efficiency of agriculture.
“We carry out a lot of mobilization and training at the grassroots level, we interact with farmers in various local government areas, as well as with producers,” he said.
The director added that the challenge is a huge problem for the company, because it should play only a free role.
“We appeal to other organizations, NGOs, donor groups that have similar views with us, so that we can work together so that farmers know about the use of chemicals.
“If a farmer knows that if he produces with less or no chemical, he will sell more and have better health for himself and his family, he will be ready to make changes,” he said.
Mr. Joel Gyeru, an organic farmer, said that as a farmer, “I recognized the difference between organic fertilizers and conversion fertilizers, mainly when it comes to the problem of use.
“Organic farming is friendly to our health, it mineralizes the soil, restores depleted soil and saves it using organic fertilizer,” he said.
He said that farmers feed the nation.
“My advice to my fellow farmer is that they need to know that the life of the nation is in their hands, so all that they give out is what people will consume.
“Let's go back to organic farming because of our health and the country's economy.
“The government should also promote organic farming by supporting the program.
Mr Anchauer John, executive director of Bio Treasures International, said the show was an opportunity for farmers to showcase their products and demonstrate a modern way to get a bigger crop, like using machines for light agricultural activities.
He urged the government to educate farmers about how new technology will help them achieve high yields, increase their income among others. (NAN)