Being aware of the fact that Agriculture is one of the less thought of sector in Ghana, I would plead your indulgence to take just a minute to read the enlisted queries below;
- What are the sources of foodstuffs for your nourishing meals?
- What are the sources of products that fought your cracked skin and moisturized it?
- What is the source of sweet coconut juice that quenched your thirst on that hot sunny day?
I bet you thought it was the least of things that could affect your livelihood but believe it or not it does.
Every sector contributes specific things to make a nation’s economy holistically represented. Unfortunately, one crucial wing – farming is gradually losing its face. At the initial stages of independence, a lot of attention was given to the agricultural sector of the nation. Can I say the same for the present? Sadly, no! This however has caused a huge imbalance which if not rectified soon might lead to serious lack in the area of agriculture and it will eventually hit the entire citizenship.
Even now that agriculture is on a decline, it still employs a considerable number of people. Science has journeyed with us through myriad technological advancement and it wouldn’t be bad to run with agriculture in like manner as total neglect of agriculture is inevitable to the sustenance of human life. There are many benefits from this sector that directly affect manufacturing, health and other areas of life.
Rubber tree and its rubber producing species for instance produce plastics while wood pulp is used to produce paper. Since almost every product these days are packaged and preserved in plastic sachets or boxes, can we ignore the producers – farmers?
Herbs have been a classic and workable option for maintaining good health. Most herb plants from our farms produces extracts which are key to curing and preventing some tropical diseases. Some common herbs include; Lemongrass, Basil, Thyme, rosemary etc.
Food is the simplest word you can define yet it is inevitable to the sustenance of life. Livestock, poultry and variety of crops essential to our culinary (cooking and catering) come from farming.
Construction is a fast advancing area in Ghana presently but the wood for construction come from plantations of different kind of trees grown over time. The teak plant for example is used for electric transmission in our part of the world. Bamboo is used for building houses and furniture, and highly patronized at construction sites especially in rural areas. Thus it would be very shallow to over look the importance of farming in such an industry.
Protection and beautification of environment also form a huge part of Agriculture. Ornamental plants do not only make the environment nice and serene, it also protects the landscape from erosion which carries the rich top soil leaving lands impoverished.
There could be some disadvantages like land and water pollution by farming activities leading to contamination of these resources. Agriculture is also faced with rising cost in terms of resources and materials. But there are always opportunities for farmers to improvise equipment, natural fertilizers (manure and compost) and other relevant resources to make it environment friendly and cost effective.
The good news is that though majority of educated working class are veering from this sector. None the less, there are some committed ones who are working tirelessly to sustain this sector. Let us take advantage of the season to add to the voice of the nation’s and say to all farmers that Ayekoo! Happy Farmers’ Day to all farmers!
Before I sign out, I humbly ask my cherished readers to give me an honest opinion on this question. Will you encourage your child to pursue Farming as a career? Have fun reading. Cheers!1 Comment