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Have you ever felt the myriad of emotions that come with inhaling the unique and sweet scent of crops while basking under a flaming sunset? If you have, this will feel familiar, like your favourite t-shirt. If you haven't, you will come pretty close soon enough.
Farming is more than just throwing in a few seeds in the ground, watching from time to time and remembering to water it occasionally. It is more than planting a few heads of corn so you can boil or roast it when it is ripe or just planting a few stem cuttings of cassava for garri
Farming requires not just your body through the physical effort of planting. It requires the alertness of your mind and the ability to predict and prevent the plant infestation. It is like nurturing a child because you need to be so in tune with the feelings of another, your plants.
Farming, and by this I mean sustainable farming, is about looking out for the environment while combating food scarcity and climate change.
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Rice may be even more important than corn as a food crop since corn is used for other purposes outside consumption. ice is the source of more than 1/5th of all calories consumed by humans. It may also be the thirstier crop: according to the U.N, farmers need at least 2,000 litres of water to make one kilogram of rice.
Over the years, the yield of these crops has plateaued. The world is eating faster than farmers can produce these crops. And by the world, I mean you and me. Soon, we will all be hungry. I am not sure that worries you, but it does worry me seriously because I like food.
Farming is an evergreen opportunity because man will always eat. This is why talks on terms like land and water scarcity and agricultural biodiversity are increasing although these are not new concepts.
(Noun) the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat.
Every decade until 2050, agricultural production will reduce by 2% while demand will increase by 14%.
on the supply side, and growing markets for food, feed, and fuel on the demand side, global grain markets will be tighter in the future than over the past 40 years.
Biodiversity is the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat. Biodiversity for food and agriculture is said to include the components of biological diversity that are essential for feeding human populations and improving quality of life.