If it’s too cheap, someone has been shortchanged and in the farming world, it’s the farmer. Why is it that farmers aren’t paid their worth? Farmers do the most incredible and respectable job, that of feeding the world.
In Africa and Kenya in particular, farming is tough work, laborious, tedious and it requires lots of physical input. Farming employs a sizeable number of individuals, our rural communities engage in farming as a means
of livelihood and a huge percentage of our farms are not mechanized making the production costs really high.
If mechanization is to be adopted and implemented, it would cost a fortune. The robotics, machines and systems exist in the developed nations but importing and adopting will also require some
level of training, this would also cost money. I’d like to see this happening but another impediment would be the size of farms that farmers own. Most of the farms are too small to justify the mechanization investment on them. In comparison to the international standards, most of our Kenyan farms would qualify best for backyard farming hence sounding like a hobby.
The tiny parcels of land combined with the annual food shortage we experience, could probably be why outside investors are eyeing this as an
opportunity to feed the people that live in Africa by scouting for arable land in African countries that have demonstrated political stability in order to invest in Agriculture, food production to be precise.
Integrating technology in farming in Kenya and Africa as a whole is critical, if this is not going to be adopted, we will continue to witness food shortage. Technology and mechanization will lower production costs and the downside is jobs will be lost. This hurts but the immediate effects will be full of greatness.
Meanwhile, for farmers to continue being excited in the business of feeding their respective populations, they have to be paid their worth by clients buying at the right and dignified price. That is the best way to appreciate what farmers do best.