professor M.O Atayese

Prof. M.O Atayese declaring open the 14th Annual OAPTIN Conference.

The 14th Annual Organic Conference of Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN) tagged “ABEOKUTA 2018” was held on Nov. 6 – 8, 2018 at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Nigeria. The theme of the Conference was “Organic Agriculture: Food Security, Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture”.

The Conference was declared open by the representative of the Vice Chancellor of FUNAAB, Prof. M.O Atayese (Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production) (Pic. 1). The Conference was attended by 72 scientists, 22 graduate students, representatives of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria and Ruchim Investment and Manufacturing Ltd. Picture 2 shows the cross section of participants at the Conference. The keynote speech on the Conference theme was delivered by Dr. O. AdeOluwa (Country Coordinator of Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative, EOA-I) (Pic. 3).     

Two lead papers titled “Marketing of Organic Produce: Challenges and Lessons learnt” and “Building Capacity for Organic Agriculture in Higher Education Institutes (HEIs): A decade-plus of project experience” by Barr. Olushola Sowemimo (CEO, Ope Farms) and Prof. Isaac Aiyelaagbe (FUNAAB), respectively. 

While delivering her lead paper, Barr. Sowemimo charged the young agriculture graduates to be organic agriculture complaint in order to meet the rising demand of the principles and practices of the organic sector (Pic. 4). Prof. Aiyelaagbe admonished the participants to strengthen the relatively weak non-crops subsector in organic agriculture, imbibe the spirit of enterprise, publish relevant textbooks on organic agriculture that can enhance learning, develop appropriate and affordable inputs for practitioners and strive to mainstream organic agriculture into diploma and degree programmes in the HEIs ((Pic. 5). Prof. Victor Olowe used the opportunity to introduce ISOFAR to the participants and encouraged those who are yet to become members to join the association (Pic. 6). During the Annual Business meeting (ABM), the participants unanimously agreed to award the hosting right of OAPTIN 2019 Conference to Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Delta State, Nigeria and the contact person (Dr. Mrs. C.N. Atoma) while responding, pledged to organize a very good Conference in 2019 (Pic. 7). The high point of the ABM was the election of new Executive Officers to handle the affairs of the Association for 2018 – 2020.

On Day 2 (Nov. 27, 2018), 28 scientific papers were presented during plenary session and the papers covered the fields of agronomy, plant health, rural sociology, marketing, policy, postharvest handling of produce amongst others. 

cross section of participants

Cross section of participants at the Conference.


AUTHOR

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

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