Mechanization: A kick-start to agricultural prosperity.

Inadequate agricultural mechanization is one of the biggest hindrances to transforming Uganda’s agriculture from subsistence to commercial agriculture. The director of National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Dr. Godfrey Asea, recently said that 99.4% of small scale farmers in Uganda use rudimentary and obsolete technologies in agriculture, having tools like hand hoes, hand held axes, shovels, and slashers. Such tools make the cultivation process i.e slashing, digging, sowing of seeds and harvesting very tiresome and frustrating for the farmers. As a result, they end up tilling less land with low productivity.

The introduction and use of machines makes farming much easier than using manual labor. For instance tractors have components like the planter used for planting seeds, fertilizer operators, an irrigation engine, and manure spreader. Other farm tools like grain invaders are used during the harvesting process to pour seeds in silos, and the hay baler is used for parking hay in bales. In addition, these machines also increase the average cultivated farm land per day or in a given time period. This therefore enhances productivity by a great deal.

Modern agricultural mechanization is the way to go because by using mechanized tools, farmers will be able to reap high quantities of improved crop yields. Their household incomes will grow by leaps and bounds as the surplus available for sale will also be in larger quantities. On the other hand, the usual practice of using manual labor and rudimentary tools is rather time wasting and produces low yields.

Until next time…

Digital skills: Essential in this day and age.

Of recent, the International Telecommunications Union estimated that about 3.5 billion people, or almost half of the world’s population will be online in the next year or so. Of these people, about 2 billion will be from developing countries including 89 million from the least developed countries in the world.

“The evolution of mobile phones has not only revolutionalised the way people communicate, but it has also shaped the way people do business all over the world. Many people are increasingly investing in the business which is growing every successive day.” Prosper Magazine.

With this background information, the scope of opportunities that we can tap into will only be limited by our digital skills and knowledge.

Are you willing to acquire digital skills inorder to make productive use of the internet and your mobile phones?