What are you hungry for today’s supper?
Mabey a juicy steak or tender ribs, with a side of freshly steamed vegetables.
So where do these delicious foods come from anyways? Well they come from our agriculturalist all around the world who grow and market their products. So the big question is what is the importance of farmers?
Agriculture, as we all know, is the backbone of any country. There is no doubt that agriculture plays a crucial role in the overall growth of any country and so it is necessary to ensure its sustainable food growth for the population. Special attention should be given to this sector so that farmers use the latest technology for agriculture that results in higher yield. Better the agriculture for the people.
The impact of agriculture on the country’s growth is definitely quite high and that is why efforts need to be made to improve it. Various schemes should be integrated for the betterment of the farmers along with guiding them on the new ways of farming. Measures need to be taken to overcome the loss due to heavy or inadequate rainfall so that the farmers can live a happy life.Agriculture is not only the major sector of the country but a powerful one as well.
Provides livelihood to the people.
In order to satisfy the wants of the country, agriculture needs to very powerful. A lot of the population depends on the agriculture and is one of the sources of livelihood for the people especially in the rural areas. This ratio is quite high to say that the non-development is one of the biggest reasons as for why such a huge sector is involved in agriculture. Most of them are farmers and have no option than to do farming and contribute towards the country’s requirements of food.
Contributes towards the national income.
As already stated above that agriculture is definitely one of the biggest sectors accounting to the high GDP and many countries depend on it. Thus you can say that agriculture accounts for the national income and is an important sector to ponder over.
Helps in economic development.
It helps in improving the economic conditions of the country thereby affecting the economic growth by leaps and bounds. It is very clear that agriculture has a big impact on living standard of the people which in turn affects the overall development and progress of the nation. So when it comes to the economic development, many countries rely on it.
Importance to international trade.
There are many products which are outsourced to other countries thereby getting a higher price. This enforces international trade which is highly useful to a country. This can be possible if there is a surplus supply of the agriculture food items which are of great importance in the international market. Foreign exchange is yet another concept which comes into play here and has a huge effect on the overall growth of the country.
Agriculture around the world is an economy of a country, it grows due to the development in various sectors, and one of the most prominent sectors, which is responsible for a significant growth of the economy is agriculture. Although the advent of technology has led to a new sphere of the industry altogether, yet, the importance of agriculture remains today as well. This is more dominant in developing countries like India, where almost 60% of the total land can be utilized for agriculture because India has a very fertile land overall. Moreover, the contribution of agriculture to the total gross domestic product of India is around 16%, and that to exports is around 10%.
How agriculture is entwined in the lives of the human beings?However, agriculture as a whole has some common areas of impact in almost every economy in the world although the same is more prevalent in the developing economies. Following points can summarize the complete picture of agriculture in today’s perspective:
Agriculture is first and foremost, the primary source of food for all the domestic households of any country. Without agriculture, one can never imagine having a filled stomach that will, in turn, give the energy to keep going all day along. In fact, this is the most primary or basic need fulfillment that agriculture provides to the human beings by producing some of an essential nutritious product like rice, wheat, potato, corn, tomato, mangoes, sugarcane, beans, cotton, so on and so forth. The farmers are toiling hard day and night to make sure that these produces reach the households and they can feed themselves as well as their families to have a healthier living. Therefore, undoubtedly agriculture’s fundamental need is to ensure that the vital necessity of food and nutrition reaches to all the sections of the society. It is a ‘way of life’ more than a ‘mode of business.’
Agriculture is also important for export purposes as well. For any economy, trading brings in a certain amount of revenue that adds to the prosperity of a nation. Agricultural produces after getting spread to the people of the country are also exported to other countries which are lacking in some products and turn, a considerable amount of income is also gained. When it comes to the occupation part, agriculture is undeniably one of the major sectors through which many people are gaining their income. Daily farmers are solely dependent on agriculture as some crops, or the other are being reared that brings in an amount of money to their households.
Agriculture in itself is a significant sector, and apart from being the main sector, this has given rise to several other industries, which are commonly known as the agro-based industries. These are the ones that are in some way or the other, related to the agricultural products such as the sugar industry, cotton, tobacco and the list is never ending. All these industries have extreme importance in the modern lives as well, and these cannot survive without an agricultural base. Therefore, agriculture has to continue consistently in order to ensure that these allied sectors keep running as well.
Last but not the least, agriculture has a noteworthy effect on any country’s economy. In fact, it always comes first during the development of the economy of a country as a whole. However, there are some differences in its presence based on the type of economy. Where farm mechanization and other technological advancements such as Green Revolution have brought a radical transformation in the overall scenario of agriculture of the world, the effect is still not uniform in all parts of the world. This is because the developed countries are far more sophisticated regarding agricultural technology than the developing countries. Hence, the spread and application of technology along with these reasons have a cumulative effect on the agricultural sector of a country, and that will, in turn, lead to economic development of that particular country.
Personal interview- Scott Leedy