ARE YOU 40 YEARS OLD? Get into agribusiness!

A speaker is motivating middle-aged Agribiz Kapihan attendees to get into agribusiness.

THOSE WHO are in their 40s or 50s, those between the millennials and the seniors, should be encouraged to engage in agribusiness. They need not be college graduates but are successful in their chosen career or avocation. If they do go into agriculture, they will create a lot of good that could entice the younger generation to consider farming as a rewarding business, financially and otherwise.

MANY PEOPLE are concerned about the lack of interest of young people to go into farming. Perhaps motivating more adults like the professionals and other middle-aged persons will help make the young people take a second look at agriculture.

NO NEED TO GIVE UP EMPLOYMENT – They don’t have to give up their employment or business. They can go into agriculture by hiring experts that will guide them. But they have to be hands-on farmers, too. They have to show their workers and other people that they know their farming business.

FARMING BECOMES MORE RESPECTABLE – Educated men and women in their late 30s or 40s, or even older, should be enticed to go into agriculture for a number of good reasons. When professionals become proud farmers, farming will somehow become more respectable. The professionals are often more receptive to new ideas and technologies. They therefore hasten the spread of improved agricultural practices.

HAVE MORE CAPITAL – Professionals often have more capital so they can put up farms that are showcases of modern techniques and productivity. They are often more businesslike. They pay attention to the cost of production and study how they could cut expenses.

OWN FREE CHOICE – Professionals make good farmers because if they farm, it is usually by their own free choice. Since they love farming, they often make good at  it.

MORE DARING – Professionals are more daring at innovating because farming is not their only source of income. They won’t starve if they make a mistake or fail in one season.

MORE ACCESS TO FINANCING – Professionals often have better access to financing. Lenders think of them as better credit risks. They also have good access to the market. They know how to conduct a market survey and to develop outlets.

COMPETITION IS OKAY – Competition inevitably arises when a lot of professionals go into commercial farming. But that should be good because farmers would be forced to become more efficient and innovative. They have to improve the quality of their produce to be more competitive.

CONSUMERS BENEFIT – In the end, that would benefit the consumers who would be able to buy good quality produce at more reasonable prices.

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