Farmers must be helped to market their products
Agriculture is an activity in which it is not easy to avoid making pragmatic decisions. The farmer must be prepared to change his plans from time to time in order to meet the ever-changing challenges that arise.
Sometimes the harvest is poor and other times the harvest exceeds the expected yields.
Since farmers tend to plant at the start of the rainy season, almost all tend to harvest at the same time.
Now, when all farmers in the neighborhood harvest a crop such as beans at the same time and in abundance, it is likely that supply will exceed demand, which could lead to lower bean prices and reduced profits for farmers. farmers.
A farmer who wants to make bigger profits has to make smart decisions and do what other farmers don’t.
Maybe they will find a safe place to store the beans and resell them later when the majority of other farmers have gotten rid of their beans. The shortage of a product tends to make it more expensive. By storing beans safely, farmers could get much better prices.
Some agricultural products are easily perishable and may not be stored so easily. Fruits, vegetables and foods like milk or meat can spoil in a short time. These farmers may choose to make quick arrangements to transport produce to places where it will be easily purchased.
Many farmers choose to grow easily perishable crops near consumer areas such as cities. However, if they are large, transport costs could make it less profitable to get products to market. Some farmers have the ability to store perishables in refrigerators or dry them.
The dry jackfruit or the sweet banana can be sold later for quite attractive prices. Some local vegetables such as katunkuma and ggobe can be dried and powdered for sale and consumption months after harvest.
Farmers need to be careful about how and when they decide to produce a commodity. There could be high demand and good prices for a product like tomatoes right now.
This observation can however be made by very many other farmers who may also rush to grow tomatoes only for every farmer in the area to find that the market is flooded with tomatoes and the demand is no more.