Unlike the entertainment industry where there are constantly new developments, the agricultural industry is more low-key and only those who seek it, find it.
Gradually, there have been more people seeking it and with that comes a myriad of questions as to how important agriculture really is and the prospect it holds.
To address that and educate you, our loyal audience, we have ransacked the internet to bring you the seven most important/common questions about agriculture that people often ask.
Questions about Agriculture
Q1. Why do African Youths Ignore the Potentials in Agriculture?
Africa is a continent and this is a very broad question, however, to bring it home, Why do Nigerian youths ignore the potentials in agriculture?
Even though we have recorded more youth interest in agriculture in recent times, we still have youths who would rather take their chances elsewhere than in agriculture and this happens for several reasons.
First, is the notion that agriculture is for uneducated people or people in rural areas.
There is also a lack of technical know-how. Most youths are not properly educated in the field of agriculture and do not have the required knowledge to succeed in an agriculture-based business.
There is also hard work to be done from planting to harvest and many would rather skip this. Finally, agriculture is not a get-rich-quick scheme and some youths are not patient enough to build up their profits.
Q2. What is Commercial Agriculture?
In commercial agriculture, the farmers’ plant with the sole intent to sell the farm produce in order to turn a profit.
While you can commit a small piece of land to commercial agriculture or commercial farming activities, commercial farming is usually associated with planting on a large piece of land, since the primary aim is to turn a profit at the end of a farm cycle.
Almost all crops can be commercialized but some crops are better known to be grown for commercial purposes, e.g. cocoa, cotton, groundnut, etc.
Q3. What is Digital Farming?
Anytime technology enables agriculture or makes agricultural processes simpler, digital farming is in play. A typical example is our agriculture company, Farmcrowdy, which is powered digitally in that every stage of the agricultural process happens online, with the exception of the rural farmers that are being sponsored.
Our farm sponsors find us online, sponsor a farm online, follow a farm online, book an inspection visit via email, reach out to the customer care team without having to see us and we provide them with all their farm updates from their personalized dashboard. Click here to get your own personalized farm dashboard.
There are different ways that digital can power agriculture. It can help disseminate news to people in rural communities, you can find out about the latest agricultural practices and learn this digitally, it can also inspire you to come up with a creative solution in the agriculture sector.
For us, digital farming as allowed us to connect an everyday individual with a passion for agriculture to a rural farmer who is in need of money to finance his agriculture business, such that they both enjoy a mutually-beneficial relationship. The individual gets a return on their sponsorship, while the rural farmer expands his farm operations and is able to also turn a profit. Win-win!
Q4. What is Smart Agriculture?
Smart Agriculture refers to the use of advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, GPS, Sensors, and Smart Irrigation Techniques to maximize agricultural yield. Smart agriculture may just be the answer to feeding the explosive growth of the human population worldwide.
We need to grow food at a much faster rate and avoid food wastage at all cost. Smart agriculture ensures that farmers use advanced technologies like sensors, controllers and microchips to collect data from the farm field so they can make more accurate decisions in order to get a higher quality yield from their crops.
Q5. Is a Graduate Degree in Agriculture Worth it? Why?
Admittedly, you do not need a graduate degree in agriculture or any degree at all to practice agriculture, however, there are basic principles, advanced techniques, and ideas that you may not be open to without your degree.
A degree in agriculture also indicates a certain level of commitment to this sector and will produce the next generation of forward-thinking, innovative farmers.
Again, when people think of a degree in Agriculture, they think of farming but there a whole of other things you can do with this degree.
- Work in Agro-processing companies
- Work with Food & Beverage Companies like Nestle, Coca-Cola, etc
- Tutor or lecture
- Work with the Government as an Agricultural Quarantine Inspector
- Get a second degree in related courses, like Agric Economics, Agric Extension, Agric Engineering, Forestry, Hydrodynamics and Ocean Engineering. The sky really is the starting point.
Q6. How Do I Make a Lot of Money as a Farmer?
There is a secret short-cut to make a lot of money as a farmer. We have used it several times and it works like magic.
Infact, we used this same secret short-cut to bag three awards at Nigeria Technology Awards (NiTA 2017) and we did a happy dance.
Ready to learn our shortcut? Here it is:
Work hard and Work Smart.
I know, you were expecting some magic numbers and what not’s but that’s it. Really.
By working hard, I mean source the best seeds, use the right planting techniques, tend to your farm, harvest and sell.
Rinse and Repeat.
By working smart, I mean check for market trends, look for crops that are in high demand, look for new buyers, read about exporting and all that you will need to get started, take calculated risks and grow with every planting seasons.
Rinse and Repeat.
Q7. What is the Difference Between Agronomy and Agriculture?
According to a quick Google search, agronomy is the science of soil management and crop production while agriculture deals with the science or practice of farming, including cultivation of the soil, planting of crops and rearing of animals to provide food, wool, and other products.
Agronomy is a part of the overall process in agriculture and involves irrigation methods and water use efficiency.
These are some of the most common questions about agriculture that people ask about and we hope you learned a thing or two from reading this post.
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