Common Problems Faced by Filipino Farmers and Potential Solutions

The Philippines, a country fortunate enough to have been blessed with a vast range of lands that gives Filipinos resources for food and shelter.

These lands cater to many produces such as corn, rice, and wheat.

Fortunately, some people are there to make sure that those lands are well-taken care of.

Those people are our humbly and patient farmers, who, day by day, wake up early in the morning to begin harvesting the land.

But despite their hard work, it is still inevitable for them not to encounter any problems in the farm/lands they work on.

Farmers are faced with many issues in regards to the products they plant and harvest.

While a system has been made in producing natural resources, challenges are bound to happen.

Especially since there are still so many development facilities that the country lacks.

Listed below are some of the common problems farmers face in the Philippines.

And what are the potential solutions we might do to avoid or lessen the issues.

The Problems

Supply and Demand

Most food that people enjoy came from the fruits of labor made by the farmers behind good and prosperous land.

However, many people struggled to receive fresh produce from the farm due to unforeseeable reasons.

It is known that some farms in the Philippines have not been able to adapt to modernization.

At times, farmers still struggle to meet the demands of their produce.

During times of calamity is the hardest, since they cannot cater to the requirements needed within a short period.

They have a process that should always follow.

And individual issues that arise internally or externally further hinders them from getting the job done.

Stability, Development, and Fluctuations

While there had been some initiatives to provide a higher quality system for farmers to work on, there are still some farmers who use traditional methods of farming.

It is not new to the Philippines that there will always be some areas in which it lacks due to the current situation of the country and where it stands.

Some people still debate regarding some types of machinery developed and disseminated in the country.

At times, using said machinery cause more problems to the farmers rather than being helpful, which is why some farmers refuse to try it.

Farmers

Most of the farmers in charge of the lands in the Philippines came from a family of farmers as well.

Often, these families have spent years training and working in farms, which makes them honed at their kraft.

Upon passing the land to a new member of the family, they would teach them the old ways they know.

They use these because they are comfortable working with it.

Most of them would not even bother using new technologies given to their farm as it opposes what they know.

This, in turn, hinders the supposed ideology of new methods in producing quality products at a faster rate.

The Solutions

Provide Advanced Agri-Training

While it is good to keep traditions intact, it is also essential to be open to the possibility of trying out new methods.

Those methods are sure to be the ones that would be beneficial tenfold.

Most farmers see that using traditional practices they have in taking care of their farms, stirs them away from disaster.

But what these farmers should know is by learning about modernization, it will help them grow their land and business by a whole lot more.

It will also help them produce more food as work would be a lot faster.

The work would not take much toll on the farmers’ well being because of the extra assistance they now have.

Development of Sustainable Technology 

Farms or Agricultural Lands should at least have advance facilities that they can use for a long time.

Types of machinery that promise a sustainable lifestyle and working environment.

Farmers should be at least comfortable with the machines they are using.

It should not give any problems within the next five or ten years of use.

Poorly made or managed equipment often result in most of the problems on the farm.

That is why some farmers tend to shy away from new facilities.

To sum it up, we should at least strive to do our part in helping the farmers in our country by recognizing them.

In exchange for the hard work they have given for the country, a simple shout-out would be nice.

Even further, find ways to stretch them all necessary means they deserve to ease their lives.

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