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

and

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