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Organic farming minimises soil erosion–Expert

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By Itohan Abara-Laserian

The Oyo State Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr Oyewole Oyewumi,  has called on erosion-prone communities to engage in organic farming to minimise soil erosion.

Oyewumi gave the advice at the ongoing National Organic Agriculture Business Summit (NOABS) 2018 in Lagos.

The summit is tagged: Organic Agriculture: Abundant Opportunities for Health and Hospitality Businesses.

Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones.

It however  provide an altentive care that promotes the health and meets the behavioural needs of livestock.

The commissioner said that organic agriculture was capable of reducing soil erosion by 50 per cent.
Besides, he said organic agriculture was of great importance to human, animal, agro-production ecosystems, the environment, the farming community and society because  of its ability to keep the soil intact.
Oyewumi, who was represented by  Mrs Fadekemi Akande, the Programme Manager, Oyo State  Agriculture Development Authority (ADP), said the primary goal of organic agriculture was to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life.

According to Oyewumi, organic farming promotes healthy soil, which is rich in micro nutrients used for decades to grow crops.

He added that it had been found to support a substantial level of wildlife interaction by preserving the ecosystem and ground water.

“Organic grown foods are tastier, healthier and free from harmful chemical, artificial flavours and preservatives which pose risk to diseases linked to cancers, foetal abnormalities, among others.

“Ultimately, organic agriculture helps combat global warming by capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and incorporating (sequestering) it into the soil,” he said.

Oyewumi said that switching to organic farming could reduce production cost by over 25 per cent when compared with the cost of conventional farming.


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