5 PRACTICAL STEPS TO MAKE MONEY FARMING
Food is probably the most essential of all human consumptions and subsequently, the food industry has proven to a longstanding industry because of the unlimited human consumption of food. In Africa, farming is the primary source of food and income as it provides up to 60% of all jobs on the continent. Therefore there are several income ideas that come from farming and it is important to maximize profit through them.
FARMING IN AFRICA; VIS-À-VIS CONSUMPTION RATE
In Africa, we import billions of dollars’ worth of food every year; yes you heard me clearly. You might be tempted to ask why we still have to import such large quantity of food even though we have a lot of farmers (both subsistent and mechanized). It baffles me too because according to research, the African continent imported $40 billion worth of food in 2015 alone, that is over $40 billion investment opportunities thrown to another continent (this is an issue for another article). In this article, I will focus on finding out what the problems are and how we can put an end to these problems and I will show practical steps on how to make money as an ‘online farmer’.
SMALL FARM PROFIT IDEAS AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE INTERNET
There is no doubt about the fact that we as Africans produce our own food but the fact that we still import so much is an evidence that there is still so much left for us to do. Today, technology is on the rise and the world has become a global market; therefore it is important for African farmers to embrace the use of the internet and technology to improve our food production and subsequently help Africa to feed the rest of the world instead of being fed by the world.
As a farmer, you should know how to make money on the internet. Whenever I say this, people tend to say stuff life “oh, you can make money online as a farmer?” YES! You do not only make money online by working on Fiverr or by uploading videos on YouTube or what have you? There is a huge online market for farmers through which you can make profit.
I have met several investors who are looking to invest in farming and these people find it quite difficult to find the qualified farmers to take up the job. By being an internet-savvy farmer, you will definitely be open to opportunities like these and eventually, you will make large profits from your farming ideas.
STEPS TO BE TAKEN TO MAKE MONEY AS A FARMER IN NIGERIA
By now you must have seen the problem with the way Farmers around here (Africa) operate; now that the problem has been highlighted, it is important to provide practical solutions to it. The next part of this article will show you how you can take advantage of the internet as a farmer in a bid to maximize your gains. I will look at five practical steps that can be taken in order to make more money or maximize your profit potentials online as a farmer. Come with me;
1. LEARN NEW METHODS OF FARMING FROM THE INTERNET
My English language teacher in high school used to say that “if you want to keep money away from an African man, then you should keep it between the pages of a book”. This just goes to show how lacklustre our reading habit is as African, and this is the reason why we are still seen as a ‘developing continent’. While the rest of the world have taken farming to the next level, our farming methods over here have made us to remain just farmers that plant seeds and harvest the fruits. It is important to read and understand how farming is being done around the world, how it is being combined with entrepreneurship in order to maximize profit and get new methods that will make farming more profitable. Learn more to earn more as a farmer because the knowledge you think you have can probably be improved on in order to get better results.
2. BECOME A CONSULTANT
There comes a time when you have gotten so much knowledge about the area you specialize in as a farmer (after about 3-4 years of learning). What do you do with this knowledge that you have gotten? I urge you to become a consultant; this is because as a consultant you can own a website or any other form of mass communication online. You can write important posts that are related to your area of expertise as a farmer and this way you will be helping out a ton of people who desire the knowledge that you have. There are loads of people who need the knowledge that you possess and there are several ways to monetize it; you can train people or you can get customers to buy from you. These are just two out of several ways by which you can turn your knowledge and ideas into small income as a farmer.
3. HAVE AN ONLINE STORE
To the average farmer, this point might seem nonsensical because he’d rather have a store or a shop where customers seek to buy his products. With the continued popularity of the internet, it is only a matter of time before shops become extinct and everyone has a virtual shop online. Today the internet is the first point of call when you need something (and this is why you are reading this article on the internet). The number of people that use the internet has witnessed significant growth in recent years, every day thousands of people search for the products you sell. The only way you can ‘meet’ these people, as well as their demands, is by having a significant online presence. Once you are able to adequately meet their demands then you will gradually increase your customer base (because it is likely that such people call on you again and again)
4. WRITE A BOOK ON HOW TO ATTAIN SUCCESS IN FARMING
Farming does not just end at selling your farm produce, it goes further than that. It is important to understand the entrepreneurial aspect of farming because by doing this you can reach out to people on the other side of the atlas and sell to them. As a farmer, after you must have gotten to a certain stage in your area of specialization it is important to write books. By doing this you are providing a manual for beginners in any part of the world and at the same time, you are making profit for yourself. This gives you an opportunity to perform transactions with people from the slums in Mumbai, India to the busy streets in Brooklyn, New-york. This can be done by using a website or by another other online means of making sales.
5. PROMOTE YOURSELF AS A FARMER ONLINE
These days the average person spends a significant amount of time online; therefore promoting your farm business online can lead to a significant increase in your income level. You can the various forms of social media to effectively achieve this goal.