Ibadan Organic Farmers Market was launched in December by the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria ?NOAN (formerly Nigerian Organic Agriculture Network), the umbrella body for organic agriculture in Nigeria . The market launch was chaired by a representative of the Honorable Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Oyo State, Nigeria.
The market is an output of the Value Chain and Market Development component of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) initiative being supported by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) through the National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU).
Nigeria is among the six countries in which the EOA initiative is being piloted in Africa. The market operates every Saturday serving organic farmer groups in Oyo and Osun States of Nigeria and strategically targets up to 10 % of the estimated 7.5 million residents of Ibadan.
It is envisaged that the launch of the market will stimulate development of similar organic market outlets in Nigeria. Since its launch the market volume has been increasing steadily each week with more organic farmers encouraged to bring their produce to the market to meet the growing demand of local customers. Fruits and vegetables are currently the thrust of this market outlet.
For more information, please contact Dr. Olugbenga O. AdeOluwa, [email protected].