The Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria has called for farmers to adopt organic farming to prevent further destruction of the ecosystem.
The association also wants policy makers to develop a legal framework that will boost organic farming in Nigeria.
This was the outcome of discussions at the ongoing National Organic Agriculture Business Summit in Lagos.
The summit focuses on several organic agriculture business opportunities in the health and hospitality sectors in Nigeria.
Speakers at the event raised the alarm over the apparent 'danger in the depletion of the ecology associated with conventional methods of farming such as bush burning, use of chemicals and pesticides among others.'
Country coordinator Ecology Organic Agriculture, Doctor Gbenga Adeoluwa says a lot still needs to be done to raise the awareness on organic farming and the purchase of organic products by interested members of the public.
There are over five thousand organic farming practitioners in Nigeria, though globally, land allocated to organic farming is just one percent.
Though, organic farming is fraught with many challenges, practitioners are of the view that the practice is growing globally with increasing demand for organic products across the globe.
The National Organic Agriculture Business summit is collaborative effort of Ecological organic Agriculture and the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture.
Source: Voice of Nigeria