Nigeria to start exporting organic agricultural products – Minister

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Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Dr Mohammad Abubakar said growing consumer demand for organic produce locally is an indication that the sector has high growth potential.

According to the minister, most of the organic products on sale in the Nigerian market are imported.

Dr Abubakar revealed this Thursday in Abuja during a two-day national organic farming policy dialogue for Nigeria hosted by the ministry in collaboration with Nigeria’s Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative.

Represented by the director of the Federal Department of Land Resources, Shehu Bello, the minister said his ministry wanted to end the challenge of rejecting Nigerian products in the international market by introducing the practice of organic farming into the farming system.

The Minister also noted that the absence of the country’s agricultural products on the international market will soon be a thing of the past.

He said the ministry is focused on unleashing the potentials of organic farming, as well as adopting it for sustainability of nutrients and soil fertility, especially in areas where agricultural land in savanna areas and the Sahel are characterized by inherently low soil fertility.

“Our ultimate goal in this area is to increase agricultural productivity, earn foreign exchange, reduce poverty and improve rural economies and job creation.

“For Nigeria, the agricultural sector is one of the main engines of the economy, and a vibrant agricultural sector is needed to ensure job creation, an adequate farm produced to meet the growing demand for food and materials. raw materials for the agro-food industries.

“This forms the ministry’s determination to develop a national organic farming policy for Nigeria.

“The policy is comprehensive and covers all segments of organic farming activities and practices, including production; marketing; Processing; Export and import; Quality control; raw material; training, research and innovation; and government and institutions, ”said the Minister.

The Director, Department of Agricultural Input Support Services of the Ministry, Eng. Tunde Bello, while speaking, said that with the full implementation of the 2019 National Fertilizer Quality Control Act (NFQC) and regulations, the ministry will begin to clean up the industry to rid it of adultery after issuing permits and registration certificates to fertilizer manufacturers, mixers, distributors, exporters and importers.

Bello said the ministry has started registering organic and inorganic fertilizer players.

He urged all players in the organic fertilizer industry to register and obtain permits for their businesses in order to avoid prosecution.

He said the increased calls from stakeholders for the development of an appropriate policy to guide and regulate organic farming operations in Nigeria have received the necessary attention.

Also speaking, Federation Government Secretary Boss Mustapha noted that Nigeria’s agricultural sector has witnessed a remarkable policy shift aimed at increasing agricultural production and ensuring food and nutrition security for citizens.

Mustapha, who was represented by SGF office public affairs director Agugu Veronica, noted that organic not only brings economic benefit to the small farmer, but also reduces pollution due to reduced nutrient runoff, especially the excess nitrogen.

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Nigeria to start exporting organic agricultural products – Minister


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