Hey there buddy, it’s a new month and coincidentally the month of love. January brought so many expectations, hopes, and promises some of which may not have been actualized; that’s ok, this is another opportunity to do better. You know on my way home from work yesterday I overheard a discussion among some of the passengers. They had some sort of back and forth about how the agriculture sector isn’t a relevant part of our economy and I felt some type of way but decided not to get involved. So I concluded that I’ll share my experience with you my friends and get your opinion on this. Have you ever heard statements like “farming is outdated” or that “chemicals are a threat to plants”? Now to be honest, if one does not have knowledge about a particular topic, sector of the economy, and educational concern or what have you, such individuals tend to conclude on hearsay; such which involves lies and exaggerations for lack of a better description.
So let me take you through some of these misconceptions or myths. The first I’d like to mention is a very popular one that farming is outdated. Now just take a look at this statement. Wouldn’t you agree that it is rather an outrageous one? Where do most of our foods come from? Are they not from various farming procedures? If farming was not done would we have various foods as rice, yam and other tuber crops, fruits, and a host of others that make up our diet on a regular basis? You have your answers. Moving to the technological aspect of agriculture, we see an improvement in machinery, farm supplies, seedlings, and processing bringing up a term called agric-tech which involves the integration of innovations into short and long-term production and success of the industry at large. Agriculture has gone beyond just tilling the soil, rearing livestock but has evolved in such a way to improve production output. Nothing of this looks outdated to me. So as long as we still need to feed, farming will not stop being a part of our culture as humans.
Have you ever come across the saying that chemicals are a threat to farm produce? Is it really true? Chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and fertilizers are used in agriculture to control pests and disease or control the spread of contamination during storage before final consumption. These are very essential because they protect farm produce all the way from the soil to the final destination which is to consumers like you and I. Without the use of appropriate chemicals, we would not be able to properly preserve the agricultural produce from the farm down to the consumer ladder which is usually a really long chain. Imagine buying your ugwu or tomato or lettuce and it’s already rotten because of improper preservation. That wouldn’t be proper. We move to the next myth that organic is best. Organic farming is a system of framing that uses ecologically based pest controls and biological fertilizers derived largely from farm wastes and nitrogen-fixing crops. While these methods are great, organic farming still has its downsides. 1. There is a great demand for labor because organic farming is labor-intensive.
- Loss of crops is another disturbing downside because the time needed to properly tend to weed plants and rearing animals using these methods may result in the neglect of some or ineffective treatment of pests or diseases that cannot be cured by organic methods will definitely lead to loss of crops. Let’s be practical now and bring it home; say you invest in our tomato or ugwu farm and then we start using organic methods bearing in mind the duration of investments after which you expect to get your returns. You’d definitely be disappointed when you do not get your returns on investments at the set date.
- There is a decline in farm yield generally.
- Stores and other retailers tend to make more profit than the farmers owing to the single fact that organic products are highly-priced.
- Lastly, for today, it is time-consuming. As an agric-tech industry, it is bad for businesses to adopt this method of framing as I have previously explained.
These are just a few of the numerous myths about farming. I wouldn’t like to bore you with so much information. We’ll stop here for today. Could you share with me some of these misconceptions you may have heard or thought about previously? I hope you had a great session with us once again. Do not forget to check out the new farm openings and take advantage of the 14days of love promo investment while you also stand a chance to win our buddy-boxes.