Agriculture is one of those vocations that has received a lot of buzz lately. Not only are Millennials increasingly becoming aware of the fact that a career in agriculture can be rewarding both socially and otherwise, but there are also a lot of resources that are becoming available to people about agriculture and its diverse branches. Here are five careers in agriculture that you can get involved in. It is important to know that these don’t require getting your hands dirty with any farming at all. Depending on you live in, some of these careers may be more lucrative than others, but here are some ideas:
With so many platforms such as Quora, WordPress, Medium, and varying social media platforms, writing has become a necessary skill, especially in the information age. Although it takes a long time to make money from a blog, an agricultural company that genuinely wants to get its message across to the world needs a good copywriter, someone who can document the beauty of agriculture in all of its glory. If you already work for an ag-based business, consider asking for more earning power by honing your writing skills even if you haven’t learned the art. If you can prove yourself as a talented writer in the agriculture industry, there are numerous opportunities out there to make money.
Landscaping does take a lot of time and hard work. Although it is not the most idyllic form of agriculture, it is possible to make a lucrative living from mowing lawns, for example. Although not many people enjoy the art of mowing lawns, if you get proficient at it and have the right equipment, it is possible to minimize expenses and grow from there. If you’re looking for a place to specialize, there might be potential there. This is another one where you can start very small, and with some hard work and with creative marketing, you can scale into a real business!
Pest Control Specialist.
Farmers find that among the most nagging issues that they face is the infestation of pests on heir farmland. Many large-scale farmers are more than happy to pay pest control specialists to assist them with taking care of the pests that may plague their farms. Perhaps you have a specific pest problem in your area that you can help solve for local landowners. It may be very well worth the effort.
There is a vast demand for workers with knowledge specific to Urban Agriculture. Many farmers offer tours as a way to supplement their income; however, few of them provide education on how to grow. Everyone is looking for something to do on evenings and weekends. If you can put together an exciting presentation to show people how they can grow at home — they will buy equipment, nutrients, and replacement parts from you. You could also take it one extra step further and sell rooted plants and seeds as well.
Consulting and designing systems for restaurants and commercial businesses. Firms that agric-focused have been a lucrative form of income for a few years. Most of these businesses usually involve selling a shipping container that is pre-configured to grow. It is a complicated feat, but not an impossible one to start. A more challenging route, on the other hand, would be to design and install systems for residential use.
Agriculture shouldn’t be restricted to the soil only. There are many ways to get involved with Agriculture either as a side gig or a full-time hobby. In fact, many people retire to agriculture-based careers these days. Are you thinking of breaking into the agricultural sector? Which track would you follow? Leave your comments in the comment section below!
By: Sughnen Yongo/farmcrowdy
Farmcrowdy Now In Niger State with 1000 Farmers
Farmcrowdy began with a goal to empower rural farmers across Africa and we are doing so one Nigerian state at a time. We have currently empowered rural farmers in 15 states, with Niger state being the latest addition in our operations. Here are some noteworthy facts about Niger state:
- Niger state is the largest state in Nigeria, bigger than ten states combined. Mashegu LGA in Niger state is bigger than Lagos and Anambra state combined.
- It is located in the middle belt region of the country with a population of over 4 million.
- Niger state consists of two major ethnic groups; the Gbagyi and Nupe.
- Niger state is Known as the Power State because it houses two of Nigeria’s hydroelectric dam, Kainji Dam (the largest electricity generating dam) and Shiroro dam.
- One of the longest rivers in Africa, River Niger, is located in this state.
Another interesting fact to note about Niger state is that the major occupation of the people is farming and fishing.
We are going to empower 1000 rural farmers of Niger state through our rice farm project. This farm, will however be different from other farms as we will be adopting the dry season farming approach for this particular project.
One of the best ways to improve food security in a nation is to ensure the availability of food all year round. However, factors such as limited rainfall lead to poor crop yield and food shortage. Therefore, one of the best ways to meet food demand with supply in spite of the unpredictability of rain, is by changing strategy and adopting this new approach.
This simply means that our rice farms will not be dependent on rain as a source of water. Therefore, in instances when it doesn’t rain or it doesn’t rain enough, the rice farms will still be catered for. Dry season farming is not limited to dry season alone. It can also be adapted in cases where a farmer doesn’t want to be dependent on rain for irrigation.
We are determined to increase food production and security in Nigeria and expanding to a new state with dry season farming brings us a step closer. It ensures food availability and better pricing all year long. The dry season farming method will enable our farmers plant rice all year long, thus increasing rice production and reducing rice importation.
The farmers we are working with in Niger state will also be provided adequate funding and training to get the highest yield by harvest time.
Click here to start sponsoring our rice farms. When you sponsor a farm, you will receive updates during the farm cycle and returns after harvest on your sponsorship. You will also be empowering rural farmers to receive adequate input, support, and training needed to cultivate crops and make money to support themselves.
You will ultimately be contributing to the agricultural landscape in Nigeria.
Malawi: The African Development Bank approves $13.2 million for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture development and watershed management
The African Development Bank Group has approved a $13.2 million financing package from the African Development Fund for a fisheries and aquaculture development project in Malawi. The Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture Development, and Watershed Management project will provide infrastructure for increased fisheries productivity and market access. Board approval for the project was granted on 2 October 2019. The project is expected to contribute to nutritious diets, boost employment along the fish value chain, and build climate resilience along major watersheds.
The project’s estimated cost is $14.57 million, comprising an ADF loan of $8.98 million, a grant of $4.21 million. The Malawi government will contribute $1.38 million.
The project is expected to directly benefit 20,000 residents around the surrounding lakeshore and inland areas, as well as 250,000 fish processors, vendors, retailers, and interns, many of whom are youth and women along the value chain.
The project interventions will cover 11 lakeshore and three non-lakeshore districts, including the entire basins of Lake Malawi and Chilwa, part of the Shire River system, and selected upland areas using an ecosystem approach. Seventy-five percent of transboundary watersheds are in Malawi and they are critical fish breeding and nursery grounds.
Other expected benefits include sustained income from fisheries; increased recovery of Chambo stocks and higher incomes from value addition (processing, storage and related marketing activities). The increased access to fish protein consumption at the household level will improve nutrition in the region.
“The Bank is committed to supporting our regional member countries to make use of their living fisheries resources. This is crucial for building healthy diets and local consumption, facilitating regional trade and improving on the quality of life – especially for youth and women along the fish value chain,” said the Bank’s Blue Economy Flagship Coordinator, Dr. Ahmed Khan.
The approved resources will promote Malawi’s national development as outlined in its Malawi National Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy, its Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III) and Malawi’s Vision 2020.
5 Must Haves For Your Barn House
When you’re moving into a house, there are some items you consider a “must – have” such as a light bulb, serving dishes, and cooking utensils. Similarly, when building your farm or barn house, there are 7 items which your farm house should have:
1. Harvesting Tools: If you have a small backyard garden, you can manually harvest your fruits and vegetables when you need them. However, as your farm gets bigger, using your hands to uproot plants could get tiresome and employing labor may be out of your budget. This is why harvesting tools are a must-have.
Harvesting equipment such as hand sickles, ploughs, and harrows come in handy to save time and labor costs as well promote efficiency of harvesting. They can also serve as an extra source of income when you lease them to other farmers.
2. Cultivating Tools: If your farm is entirely a livestock farm such as a poultry or cattle rearing farm, then you might be able to get by without cultivating tools. Even at that though, it doesn’t hurt to have these tools in case you ever feel the urge to do a little gardening.
However, if you are growing crops, then tools such as spades, shovels, rakes, and hoes are essential for easy soil penetration or to transfer soil from one place to another.
3. Irrigation System and Tools: If you don’t have a constant supply of water on your farm, your crops might not grow well especially during the dry season. This is why your farm house must make space for a functional irrigation system.
A proper irrigation system provides plants with the necessary amount of water needed for sufficient growth. It improves the water conditions in the soil and increases the water content of plants
Some irrigation systems could be as simple as a watering can, as complicated as a multi-level drip-irrigation system, or as tech-driven as drones.
4. Toolshed: Just like you need a kitchen cabinet, you need a tool shed to store your tools. This will help you organize your tools and keep track of them.
Having a tool shed also prevents accidents. Imagine your spade just lying around in the farm and you’re walking around at night. A mishap could occur. Having a toolshed creates a designated space for your tools and reduces your chances of farm accidents.
5. Crop/Livestock Feeding Equipment: Whether you’re growing crops, rearing animals, or doing both, your barn needs a feeding equipment. Animal feeding equipment such as hay racks, feeder, and feed buckets are essential for supplying animals with foods while watering systems and bowls are necessary for supplying livestock with clean water.
Although plants make their food through photosynthesis, they still need certain nutrients from the soil to survive. To ensure proper application of those nutrients, equipment such as sprayers are a must-have for your farm house.
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