Man­nir Dan-Ali,

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and give them what they need.

And does it fetch a pre­mium price, some­thing more than the price of a non-or­ganic pro­duce?

Of course that will be nat­u­ral be­cause we all know that any good you sell you con­sider the time, ma­te­rial and ef­fort used and be­ing or­ganic it will re­quire a whole lot more ef­fort be­cause if you are not us­ing all those things that boost your crops you might pro­duce less on a piece of land that you might pro­duce more if you ap­plied chemical fer­tiliser and pes­ti­cides. So the cost of pro­duc­tion as well as more time and ef­fort are in­curred, so there will be a slight in­crease in price and I am sure people can ap­pre­ci­ate that as they un­der­stand how much ef­fort is used to pro­duce or­gan­i­cally.

What are the chal­lenges that a farmer faces if he chooses to go or­ganic?

The big­gest chal­lenge is man­ag­ing the pests be­cause over­time they have be­come re­sis­tant and some­times no mat­ter what you do you can­not just sub­due the pests with­out us­ing some chem­i­cals as the other op­tion is to watch them de­stroy your farm. That is why a lot of farm­ers now opt to min­imise the use of chemical ap­pli­ca­tion. So the big chal­lenge is the evolv­ing na­ture of dis­eases and pests and you may find that what­ever you are us­ing, to­mor­row it might not be ef­fec­tive. So if that hap­pens what are you go­ing to do? So the best bet is to un­der­stand the pests and an­i­mals you are deal­ing with and the dis­eases as well.

Is there a con­scious ef­fort by like minded people who want to go or­ganic to come to­gether and pro­mote it among the gen­er­al­ity of Nige­ri­ans?

Oh yes, we have been hav­ing se­ries of meet­ings with some young people and be­cause I have that aware­ness, I re­ally want to push it and the more you find one or two people who are think­ing like you the more you get en­cour­aged. I have met a cou­ple of people and we share the same pas­sion and to­gether,

Nan­pan Guyit

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