Never in my few years in agriculture have I seen so many trainings, seminars, workshop like this year.
They come in different forms, shapes, price, designed adverts video etc.
Its nice that peoples interest in agriculture has greatly increase over the years.
The dismay part of it is how most are getting scammed by believing agriculture is a get rich quick investment.
For how can you justify someone learning a practical course through a projector, in hotel rooms, conference halls, online etc?
I could definitely be wrong
And then people run to farm with such mind set.
What exactly are you expecting to harvest?
Yoruba said ” Eni ma da so fun ni, ti orun e lawo”
Literally could be interpreted as leading by example.
I marvelled when people get farm training certificate from a trainer that has no farm.
The best set of farmer to learn from are the rural farmers. I have been privileged to learn and still learning from them.
Yes. They are not literate
But they are born into the system.
The poster design justify the cost
The word are read out in millions
Pictured are from foreign farms
Big grammars and calculations
And you got hooked
Let me give you this
Plot A and B subjected to the same treatments and condition will never give you the same yield for any crop.
The soil structure differs
The pest in the soil differs
The sunlight absorption differs
The temperature differs
The diseases infection will differ
The water retention level differs etc
How then do you get that an acre will give you 10 tons of a specific crop when plots yield will surely differ base on so many things?
Off course its an assumption model
Check this again……
You were told an hectare of cassava will give you 50 tons.
The researchers never in most cases work on an hectare.
They only work on some portion of land and get the result through what i termed multiplication effect.
An hectare is 10,000m2.
The researcher worked on possibly 1,000m2
He gave that 1,000m2 all the necessary requirements for good agricultural practises which includes but not limited to
* Good planting method
* Replacement of non germinating stems
* Adequate manure.
* Good pest and diseases management etc
So he got 5 tons per 1000m2 of demonstration plot which possibly has 5 or more people managing it.
Then he reports as …
If. 1,000m2. gives 5 tons of cassava
Then. 10,000m2 is 1,000m2 multiply by 10
:- 10,000m2 will give 5 tons x 10 = 50 tons
And you skipping all the necessary management details ran to farm with the projector calculation and a farm manager for 10 hectare expecting 50 tons x 10 hectares.
You are on your own
” Oyo lowa”