Organic agriculture land in Nigeria increases to 50,402 hectares


Dr. OlugbengaAdeOluwa, the Country Coordinator, Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria, says organic agriculture land in Nigeria has risen to 50,402 hectares in 2019 as against 5,021 in 2014.

AdeOluwa said that with the report, Nigeria is gradually rising to be one of the leading five countries in organic agriculture sector in West Africa.

The five countries are Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.

He said that EOA is working with the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria and other stakeholders to create organic market in all the states of the federation.

He advised Nigerians to take advantage of the global business opportunities that abound in organic agriculture.

“Organic agriculture sector is valued at 82 billion dollars with total organic area of 50.9 million hectares, managed by over 2.4 million producers, Nigeria can only boast of about 3,154 hectares of which 50 hectares are fully converted.

Business opportunities in organic agriculture include crop production, animal production, fisheries production, wildlife like beekeeping, mushroom, games, forestry products, he said.