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We Should All Be Farmers Part 2

March 16, 2020

So, last week I established that civilization and urbanization began because of the Agricultural revolution. That humans were primitively gatherers, hunters, and fishermen, and food gathered was for immediate consumption for households. But with agriculture came cultivation of crops and rearing of animals, which gave rise to surpluses (beyond what individuals or households needed) that could be traded or exchanged for other items that were needful. A value chain was created from food production to distribution, and career men and women were needed to sustain operations. Before we consider the main issues, many persons are already asking questions such as “do we all have the skill sets and time required to become farmers”? While the answer is both a YES and a NO, i wish to state clearly that whereas everyone cannot go into the fields to plough; some others can sponsor those who are going while others can play other roles as consultants, technicians, IT specialists and developers and so on, across the Agriculture value chain. If you work in a farm (whether as a hydrogeologist in the irrigation department or a tractor operator), you’re a farmer, Period! Your job entails food production. You see, every single person reading this note is a stakeholder in the Agri-business, yes, everyone! In Project Management, a stakeholder is defined as anyone who is interested, involved or impacted by the outcome of a project. Whereas some may not be interested or directly involved in the production of food for families and households, or the provision of raw materials for industry, everyone is directly impacted by the decisions made by food producers. For instance at Eddiewilo Farm Estates, 90% of our maize and soybeans production is for large industrial users. If we experience challenges in bringing products out from the farm gates, your price of cornflakes, vegetable oil or frozen chicken/turkey will skyrocket at the supermarkets. Many are probably not aware that 85% of the feed component for chicken and turkey is maize and soybeans, and some farmer somewhere has to produce them. You see, we are all important stakeholders in this business and must show some more interest in what happens in the fields. Farming must not, and cannot be left in the hands of local peasant farmers alone. Next week, we would show important statistics to buttress why we should all be farmers. Stay Coronavirus safe, wash your hands often and avoid taking them to your eyes, nose, and mouth.

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