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Sowing in the Morning, Noontime, and Evening

Two things pop in my mind when I think about Sowing. One, it’s my all-time favorite Hymn song: Bringing in the Sheaves and two, and a Farmer. The song highlights the need to work in and out of season- It actually implies that when it comes to sowing and reaping there are no limitation apart from those set by us- to fight through obstacles and finally highlights the joy of making a bountiful harvest.

Sowing in the sunshine, in the shadows, fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze;

Going forth with weeping, though the loss sustained and our spirit often grieves;

When our weeping’s over …, we shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves

Everyone wants to eventually make the trip to the bank with a smile on the face, you know, rejoicing. This however, is not obvious, as the hymn goes; there are hardships. In Kenya, for example there are challenges that agribusiness farmers face. The major according to a survey by Soft Kenya Group is the climate change. The effects of climate change are felt mostly by farmers especially because of their dependence on rain-fed agriculture. The raining seasons keep on changing and are unpredictable making it hard for farmers to plan their farming activities. Additionally, the rains have become insufficient cutting down on the land that can support agriculture.

Without a doubt, we need to exploit more on irrigation farming in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands. We need to find reliable, sustainable and achievable ways to overcome such challenges, and to get to the place of independence. We need wisdom; the ability to knows what to do, when to do it and most important how to it. We must be very deliberate, focused and purposeful; proactive other than reactive before it’s too late.

Smart farming is one of the ways to go. Through this, farmers can increase production through accurate planting, watering, pesticide application and harvesting; conserve water; lower the operation costs by reducing resource consumption, human error and the overall cost; increase quality of production since farmers learn to adjust processes to increase the quality of the products; Predict the future of crop yield and farm value; Reduce environmental footprint since the water usage and increased production per land unit is coined to directly affect the environmental footprint positively. Farming equipment can also be monitored and maintained according to production rates, labor effectiveness and failure prediction.

To narrow it down, start by knowing what you want, your target. Two, know what exactly it takes to achieve your set goals and at this point factor in the probable obstacles and highlight possible ways to overcome them. Finally, just dive in and start now.