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As established, farming is shut down, not being replaced by new farms and young farmers. Very few young people become farmers today, and half of all African farmers are between the ages of 45 and 65, while only 6% of all farmers are under the age of 35.Why? is it because of climate change, farming is tedious or lack of innovative farming ideas?
Some people ask whether these sorts of changes are inevitable; they wonder if farming is simply out-of-date in today’s global economy.
If food were like car parts or other consumer products, it might. But because our health, our environment, and our communities we should endeavor to discover new farming methods to interest our young people.
Why is farming important?
In addition to producing fresh, nutritious, high-quality foods,farming provide a wealth of benefits for their local communities and regions.
How do we encourage young farmers to serve as responsible stewards of the land? Beryll Foundation CEO, Henry suggests innovative ways that benefit young farmers from conserving their land.farming that conserves land enhance land economically and agriculturally.
Make young farmers to have vested interest in their communities, they are more likely to use sustainable farming techniques to protect natural resources and human health.
The existence of young farmers guarantees the preservation of green space within the community. Farming also play a vital role in rural economies.
In addition to providing jobs to local people, farmers also help support small businesses by purchasing goods and services within their communities.
Finally, young farmers benefit society by boosting democratic values in their communities through active civic participation, and by helping to preserve an essential connection between consumers, their food, and the land upon which this food is produced. Now form a cooperative society or microbank for the farmers to become members. Amazing results.
The loss of farming has dramatically reduced our supply of safe, fresh, sustainably-grown foods; it has contributed to the economic and social disintegration of rural communities; and it is eliminating an important aspect of our national heritage. If we don’t farm, we'll lose the diversity in our food supply.
Clearly, rural farming is valuable resource worth preserving. Now, more than ever, it’s important to realize that farming is valuable culture worth preserving.
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