How To Navigate Tough Seasons As A Farmer

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Just like every other occupation, farming has its highs and lows. It is not always rosy all the time.

This is NOT to scare you as a farmer or an aspiring one but to help you plan ahead for these harsh realities that come with the business of farming.

The timely tips contained in this post will help you through these tough seasons, which may be caused by unfavourable weather, loss of livestock, damaged crops, poor investment decisions, and so on.

How do you navigate tough seasons as a farmer?

First, you have to remain calm when these challenges arise. Anxiety or mulling over them will solve nothing, rather it will compound the issue, could affect your health, and influence the wrong decisions.

Tough seasons are inevitable, but planning ahead will help you through.

The next step is discovering the cause of the problem you’re facing.

There are challenges you can manage and some you can’t. For instance, if you notice a sudden sickness that affected ten chicks in your poultry, you will need to check their feed and water, quarantine them so they don’t infect others, and nurse them back to health.

This is within your control and you can nip it in the bud, but if you wake up one day and find four lifeless chicks in your poultry, that’s beyond your control. Just put yourself together, find out the cause of the problem, and work towards preventing a future occurrence.

Finally, seek help.

When you are faced with challenges beyond your capacity, the best thing to do is to seek professional help. Consult agricultural experts or farmers who have gone through similar challenges. Their wealth of experience and guidance will come in handy and help you make informed decisions to get back on track.

A tough season is only a phase. It will surely come and go but how you navigate such seasons will determine your success as a skilled farmer.

Do it right.

The Chairman of Enadama Group. The Founder and CEO of Farm4Me Agriculture Limited.