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Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Nigeria's Agric Minister Disagrees with World Forum on Agro-chemical Farming

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, at the weekend disagreed with world agriculture ministers over their position on organic agriculture as against agro-chemical practice.
Adesina, who on behalf of the federal government, signed a bilateral cooperation agreement for agricultural development with  the Israeli government on Friday in Abuja, stated that the plant does not care how it get its nutrients.
He said it was safe for plants to get its nutrients from both organic and inorganic sources.
Ministers of Agriculture from 65 countries, 34 from the European Union (EU) countries, 16 from Asia, nine from Africa and the remaining six from the North and South America had in January declared that sustainable farming must be economically sound, ecologically compatible and socially responsible.
The ministers at the Global Forum for Food Agriculture (GFFA) emphasised that sustainable agriculture must use natural resources, in particular, soil and water, in a manner which preserves them for future generations.
Adesina, in his reaction, said inorganic fertilizers, if well applied, are safe for usage as he cautioned that illicit or excessive use or agro-chemical inputs is dangerous to soil fertility.

Source: Thisdaylive.com