The 15th Annual Conference of the Organic Agriculture Professionals in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN) was successfully held in Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro, Delta State, Nigeria on Nov. 24 – 28, 2019. 

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ISOFAR co-organised the 1st EU/North-African conference on organic agriculture (EU-NACOA), with 140 participants. The venue was Marrakesh, Morocco during November 11-12, 2019. Tunisia is to host the second conference in 2020. 

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The 15th Annual Conference of the Organic Agriculture Professionals in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN) was successfully held in Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro, Delta State, Nigeria on Nov. 24 – 28, 2019. 

The theme of the Conference was “Bridging the Gap between Researchers and Practitioners of Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Production and Consumption”. In his welcome address, Prof. O.J. Akpodiete (Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro) pledged the support of his Institution to OAPTIN and intimated participants with the array of organic produce from his Institution.

Prof. O.J. Akpodiete (Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro) welcoming participants:

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Thereafter, the Conference was declared open by His excellency Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, Governor of Delta State who was ably represented by Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, Honourable Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State.

Prof. Patrick Muoboghare (Hon. Commissioner for Higher Education) declaring open the Conference:

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A total of 58 participants registered for the conference and were drawn from 16 Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), National Board of Technical Education (NBTE), Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and farmers. While declaring open the Conference, Prof. P. Muoboghare challenged organic researchers in the fields of aquaculture, livestock and crop production to come up with practicable solutions that can alleviate the problems farmers are facing. In his keynote address titled “Communicating organic agriculture technologies effectively to stakeholders for sustainable production and consumption”, Prof. Ike Nwanchukwu articulated steps to strengthen the linkage between various stakeholders (Government, researchers, producers, input suppliers, consumers and others) in the value chain system.

Keynote address by Prof. Ike Nwanchukwu:

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A lead paper titled “Update on Organic Agriculture Research: Nigeria as a Case Study” was delivered by Prof. Victor Olowe. The high point of the Conference was the presentation and launching of Journal of Organic Agriculture and Environment Vol. 6 (2018) and Vol. 7 (2019) by Prof. E.A Makinde (National Coordinating Scientist of OAPTIN).

Launching of JOAEN Journal Vol. 6 (2018) and Vol 7. (2019) by Prof. E.A Makinde (NCS):

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After the opening ceremony, the invited dignitaries had a group photograph.

 

Group photograph of the dignitaries:

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On Day 2 of the Conference, after the plenary session, participants visited a unique botanical garden with several species of traditional and exotic plants at Agbahra-Otor, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.

 

Group photograph of participants at the Botanical garden, Agbahra-Otor, Delta State:

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The Conference ended with the Annual Business Meeting where it was decided that next Conference shall hold in Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria in November, 2020.

 

Relevant links: 

www.oaptin.org

www.dspzportaledu.net


Author info

Dr. (Mrs.) Charity N. Atoma

Agricultural Extensionist

Dean, School of Agriculture

Delta State Polytechnic

Ozoro, Delta State, Nigeria

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www.dspzportaledu.net

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Prof. Dr. Victor I. Olowe

Agronomist

Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +234 803 3928 111

www.funaab.edu.ng

 

 

 

The 2019 physical meeting of ISOFAR Board members was successfully held at Marrakech, Morocco on Nov. 13, 2019. The meeting took place on the certified Olive Organic Farm of Mr. Jamili Moulay Driss located at the outskirt of Marrakech.

ISOFAR Board members with Mr. J. M Driss (second left) on arrival at the farm:

 Pic 1 board meeting

 

The meeting was chaired by Gerold Rahmann (ISOFAR President) and in attendance were Anne-Kristin Loes, Daniel Neuhoff, Mahesh Chander, Kalid Azim, Ewa Rembialkowska, Jessica Shade, Khaled Sassi and Victor Olowe.

ISOFAR Board meeting in session:

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The meeting discussed amongst others the following agenda items: OWC2020, Pre-Conference Workshop of ISOFAR, General Assembly of ISOFAR, Organic Journal, Events coming up in Korea and Tunisia in 2022, ISOFAR Headquarter matters such as finance, status of ISOFAR website and ISOFAR in the social media. The Board members deliberated extensively on all the agenda items and far reaching decisions were taken which will be duly communicated to the Society members during the GA in Rennes, France in 2020.

The highpoint of the Board meeting was the facility tour of the Olive Organic Farm during which members witnessed some of the operations in olive processing and were able to carry out palatability test on some fermented olive table fruits.

Palatability test of olive table fruits processed on the farm:

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Mr. Jamili Moulay Driss later treated the Board members to a sumptuous lunch at his residence.

Mr. J.M Driss (centre with straw hat) and ISOFAR members at his residence on the farm:

 

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The Board meeting ended at 17:50.


Author information

Prof. Dr. Victor I. Olowe

Agronomist

Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +234 803 3928 111

www.funaab.edu.ng

 

ISOFAR co-organised the 1st EU/North-African conference on organic agriculture (EU-NACOA), with 140 participants. The venue was Marrakesh, Morocco during November 11-12, 2019. Tunisia is to host the second conference in 2020. 

The Conference was declared open by Dr. Faouzi Bekkaoui (Director of INRA).

Cross section of dignitaries on the high table:

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The conference described the status of organic production in North Africa and Morocco, where the umbrella-organisation FIMABIO is an important actor, coordinating producers, processors and distributors of organic products. Organic production in Morocco is aimed at exports (argan oil, olives, tomatoes etc.), and organic products are hardly available in the domestic market. From the science side, however, activity is high to solve problems and challenges related to organic production. Information was given about regulations, such as changes in the recently revised EU regulation of relevance for countries exporting to EU presented by Gerold Rahmann (ISOFAR President).

Gerold Rahmann delivering his key note paper on New Organic Regulation and Standards in the EU from 2021 onwards:

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On day 2, especially plant protection strategies to control insects and nematodes were focussed, with a range of interesting presentations. Nematodes is a serious problem in many vegetable crops, and research is conducted both to develop methods to control them (e.g. ozone solubilised in irrigation water for tomatoes), and to acquire more basic knowledge about their distribution in different soil types and how this is related to various physiochemical conditions such as soil texture and organic matter.   However, nematodes are not exclusively negative since they may be a good indicator of soil quality, and also may provide available N to crop plants via feeding on soil bacteria. Interesting presentations were also given from Algeria, where growing conditions may be even more challenging than in Morocco – pictures were shown of tomatoes grown in Sahara, and how to repel a leaf miner insect by making extract of a common Euphorbia-weed. The status of organic sector in Tunisia, where the government has since long given a significant support, was also presented, by ISOFAR board member Khaled Sassi who is Director of the National Technical Centre for Organic Agriculture in Tunisia.

With the headline of the conference being “Bridging the gap, empowering organic Africa”, several speakers were invited from countries outside North-Africa, to present relevant knowledge and results. The regulation and certification system of organic production in the United States was presented by Jessica Shade (ISOFAR board member). Also other members of ISOFAR board made relevant presentations on food quality (Eva Rembialkowska), the P status of organically managed soil (Anne-Kristin Løes) and effect of organic amendments on soil fertility and the production of organic green bean (Khalid Azim).

Dr. Khalid Azim delivering a scientific paper on soil amendments in organic green bean production:

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Victor Olowe presented preliminary results of a field experiment with various oil seed crops in Nigeria, which will go over 5 years.

Very many young students were present, sharing their results of Masters- or PhD-work in posters and presentations, and actively taking part in the discussion. Their excellent results and presentations give hope to a fruitful development of organic agriculture in Morocco.

On the last day, the participants were offered a tour to a diverse agroecological farm, and the ISOFAR board members to a farm with organic olives. Mostly foreign participants used this possibility to see somewhat more of the country. 


Author info

Anne-Kristin Loes

Norwegian Centre for Orgaanic Agriculture

Gunnars veg 6

NO-6630 Tingvoll, NORWAY

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The 2019 physical meeting of ISOFAR Board members was successfully held at Marrakech, Morocco on Nov. 13, 2019. The meeting took place on the certified Olive Organic Farm of Mr. Jamili Moulay Driss  located at the outskirt of Marrakech.

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