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Agriculture Careers You Should Leverage On.

Agriculture is the mainstay of many Economy. Agriculture is a business and should always be seen as one.

Team work is very essential in every business and the agricultural sector is not left out. In this sector, collaborating with individuals, businesses has proven efficient and should continue in that direction. The agricultural sector doesn’t limit you, it creates room for everyone irrespective of your area of pursuit/discipline. 

There are various areas in the agricultural sector that you can be part of;

Agricultural marketing: You don’t necessarily have to start your own farm and production, all you have to do is align yourself with someone else who has a farm and is into production and start marketing their products. You’ve already created job for yourself and increased the source of income for the other.

Agriculture Journalism: There are so many farmers in different regions doing great things in the agricultural space but their voices are not heard. This is an opportunity you can leverage on by being a voice to the voiceless. Tell the stories of these farmers, write articles, podcasts, video interviews to spread the word on what they do, the challenges they are faced with in their regions. 

Agricultural Consulting: A lot of persons are coming to terms with the fact that agriculture is a business and a very huge one at that. There are some that still sees it as a get rich quick scheme and are missing out. As an agricultural consultant, you can advise them on the right path to follow by providing quality consultation services from listening to the type of business they want to venture into, drawing up a business plan, a business model that can serve as a guide to help them run their businesses effectively.

Let’s talk agriculture Climate Smart Agriculture

This episode features the Founder and Managing Director of the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network; Ntiokam Divine giving us insights on his role towards creating a form of inclusiveness amongst youths from all over the country. He shares his approach towards the UN Food System Summit, where he involved key stakeholders in the value chain, hosting independent dialogues in about 40 different regions.

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Agriculture the Neglected Child

Agriculture which is regarded as the “mainstay” of the Nigerian economy has rather become the neglected child. Over the past decades, agriculture was the major occupation of man as it brought about civilization to the human race. Agriculture was and still is the major source of livelihood but because of the nonchalant response given to the agricultural sector, we have witnessed a fall in the agricultural sector and the need to start retracing our steps is very vital.

In 2019, agriculture contributed to around 21.9 percent of Nigeria’s GDP, while the oil sector doesn’t contribute up to 10 percent and this simply means that agriculture contributes more than the oil sector that has taken all the attention over time.  About 20 percent of Nigeria’s budget is what is allocated to the agricultural sector, of which the capital and recurrent expenditures can barely address the issues relating to the extension services for rural development, rehabilitation and irrigation facilities, research and development etc. This alone shows that the government is not ready/willing to address the issue facing the agricultural sector.

The research and development centers need to be adequately funded as this will help in developing improved seeds. Agricultural research is one of the main contributory factors to the agricultural production systems, as well as development of the rural settlements. Particularly, this angle of research has helped to boost agricultural productivity, as well as providing stable income, and this is to show that when there is a development research center, there is a boost in agricultural productivity.

The extension services for rural development is very key and this is a sector that needs to be focused on. For there to be a balance between the rural and urban settlement, attention should be given to the agricultural sector in order to develop the rural areas as most of our food products come from the rural areas but in small quantity and insufficiency as a result of lack of improved mechanization that is meant to boost agricultural and food production.

The agriculture sector needs intervention. The rehabilitation and irrigation facilities are lacking and needs intervention as a result of the vulnerability of farmers and their access to agricultural inputs and services. The need for rehabilitation is key in order to serve as boost for the agricultural sector and improve food security as it is very evident that many households are unable to boast of three (3) square meals. The need to improve and expand the irrigation facilities as this will reduce some risks such as drought. Most farmers can only cultivate on their fields during rainy seasons as a result of as a result of the little cropland irrigation systems. In summary, there should be a widespread of irrigation systems for farmers control. Imagine each individual having access to a small- scale irrigation where there are water pumps, reservoirs, this will boost agricultural productivity because there would be much to harvest during dry season and of course during rainy season without encountering wastage. The need to retrace our steps and start prioritizing the agriculture sector is crucial.