The major problems agriculture in rural areas face is the dearth of technology leading to laborious production and low harvest which cannot be stored properly leading to loss and wastage. BKF aims to provide technology to rural agriculture through:
1. Technology In Farming
Technology has played a big role in developing the agricultural industry. Today it is possible to grow crops in areas formerly considered inhabitable for certain crop production. A good example of agricultural technology is the bacterium known as “Bacillus thuringiensis” which acts as a reservoir and enables crops to be insect resistant, so the crops can grow without interference from pests.
2. Mechanized farming
The use of machines on farmlands like planters, harvesters, and tractors make the farming process so easy. Technology has turned farming into a real business, saving money for the farmers by the creation of fertilizers, use of technology to market their products, At BKF we realize that time and production are important in agriculture, and modern technology allows a small number of people to grow vast quantities of food and fiber in the shortest period of time. Also, modern transportation helps in making products available in markets on time from the farm. With modern transportation, consumers in urban areas will consume fresh produce from rural areas that same day that the product leaves the farm in a rural community.
3. Cooling storage facilities
Cooling storage facilities are used by farmers to preserve and deliver perishable crops fresh as they are transported to the market. This enables the crops to stay fresh upon delivery and is a win for both farmer and consumer because the quality is preserved, which will lead to an increase in demand.
4. Genetically modified crops and animals
Crops can be genetically modified to resist diseases and pests, which rewards the farmer with high yield and saves time. The GM crops grow fast and produce healthy yield. Since they are resistant to most diseases and pests, the farmer will spend less on pesticides, thereby increasing his return on investment. Genetically modified animals will produce more milk, meat and fur compared to normal animals. This benefits the farmer as production will be high.
5. Development of animal feed
This has solved the problem of gathering of grass to feed animals. The prices of feed should be fair so that low-income farmers can afford them. They are higher in nutrition and improve the animal’s health and output. In agriculture, the health of an animal always determines its output. Poorly fed animals are usually unhealthy and produce very little results in form of milk, meat, and fur.
We at Benjamin Kalu Foundation have created avenues to provide the forenamed agricultural technology to rural areas. Considering that the bulk of arable land can be found in these areas and their basic occupation is agriculture, we aim to improve the lives of people living in rural areas through technology in agriculture.