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An overview on farming
29 Jun 2021
Farming is an endeavor that allows a person to be
involved in the growing of crops or keeping of domestic animals for the purpose
of producing food and raw materials. Over the course of time, farming has rapidly
evolved to incorporate technological and scientific advancements to make it a sustainable
undertaking that utilizes resources such as land and water efficiently. These
advancements have enabled the achievement of food security and significant
revenues in many developed economies.
However, aspiring farmers need to keep key considerations
in mind when deciding to become a farmer.
Before you embark on your farming venture there are critical
questions that one must be able to answer in order to make the farming journey
a success. The first and most important question is Why do you want to farm?
This question will easily help an aspiring farmer to have a purpose or
objective as to why he/she wants to farm.
This question has to be followed by asking What do
you want to produce? This question helps a farmer understand that from the
wide range of products available, he/she can focus on producing one or two with
determination. For example, if one wants to be a livestock or crop farmer, they
must decide to either focus on the production of cattle, sheep, goats, poultry,
pigs, or crops. If one opts to produce livestock (cattle, sheep, and goats),
aspiring farmers should identify their product of choice (breeding stock,
weaners, oxen, or steers) to produce from their cattle farming venture.
Aspiring crop farmers on the other hand may decide to focus on growing agronomy
crops such as maize, pearl millet, wheat, or sorghum for grain production or to
produce vegetables such as tomatoes, cabbages, potatoes, etc.
The third question is Whom are you producing for?
This question helps you identify your potential target market which will be the
immediate consumers of your product. Furthermore, this helps you to properly
plan your production to meet sufficient quantities demanded by your target
The fourth question is What are your expectations? This
question addresses the farmer ‘s envisaged output from the farming operations
in the form of revenue and profit. Farmers are also encouraged to keep records
that they can use to assess their progress, costs, and incomes. This will
enable any farmer to answer this critical last question, is farming a
business? Once you decide to embark on a farming journey, it should always
be noted that once money is invested, one should anticipate a return on
investment, and this makes farming a business.
Starting a farm is a complicated endeavor because it
encompasses a myriad of aspects. In no particular order, farmers must consider
business planning, finding land, securing financing, marketing, production
selection, production knowledge, securing equipment, developing or securing
infrastructure, and their vision for their farm. Moreover, an aspiring farmer
should be cognizant of their knowledge and experience levels. In the final
analysis, addressing these questions may ease the planning process and enable
farmers to set up sustainable and profitable farming businesses.
Agribank has launched a two-season
podcasting service that will
cover 8 episodes each. The podcasts will be hosted by Ms Ndeshihafela Shinedima
(aka Reina Nelao), the brand ambassador for the women and youth scheme that was
introduced late last year.
Podcasts are hosted on platforms that
offer ample amount of storage and the content (episodes) can be distributed to
various social media platforms. The Agribank podcast will be hosted on the
spotify and apple podcast platforms. The podcast started on Tuesday, 22 June
and will be hosted every second Tuesday for eight episodes. The first season
will cover topics such as range land management, farm maintenance, livestock
(Small & Large) production, horticulture production, financial literacy, women
and youth, agri-tech innovations, and agricultural marketing.
Agribank has now expanded its social
media platforms and can be found on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
It’s Executive for Marketing and Customer Strategy noted that the Bank
continues to “optimise its digitilisation and online presence. I therefore urge
our stakeholders to follow us on these platforms and to make time to tune in to
listen to the podcast at your own convenience”.
Meanwhile, the Bank is encouraging its
clients and stakeholders to make use of online platforms to access its
services, in order to minimize the risk of Covid-19 exposure. In this regard, clients
are urged to make use of online payments, submit online applications, call
Agribank offices for consultations and general enquiries as well as use the
website and social media platforms for general enquiries.
Manager, Marketing and Communication For enquiries, kindly contact the Marketing and
Communication Division Tel. 061 207 4332 Emailinfo@agribank.com.na
Agribank and GIZ series of women and youth networking sessions suspended
17 Jun 2021
Following recent announcement of new COVID-19 regulations by His Excellency, the
President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob, which amongst other things
limit public gatherings to a maximum of 10 people to curb the increase in infection rate,
in the country, Agribank announces the suspension of the countrywide women and
youth networking sessions with immediate effect.
The Bank in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, through its agricultural project Farming for Resilience
(F4R), partnered to embark on a countrywide series of networking sessions, targeting
women and youth in agriculture, hosted under the theme “creating women and youth
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH
committed funds towards this partnership and the objective of these networking
sessions is to provide insight into the various Agribank loan products under the
Women and Youth scheme that was launched last year, while addressing obstacles
on the loan product application journey.
Free lectures, and training as well as a podcast broadcasting targeting established,
and emerging farmers also take place during these sessions.
So far, the networking sessions covered Noordoewer, Aussenkehr, Oranjemund and
Luderitz in the //Karas region as well as Maltahohe, Aranos and Rehoboth in the
Hardap region. The Bank will continue to monitor the environment and the public will
be informed when the face-to-face networking sessions will resume. In the meantime,
Agribank urges all Namibians of all walks of life to continue to adhere to the Covid-19
safety regulations, go for voluntary vaccination, as well as to regularly wash hands,
sanitise and wear their masks in order to contribute to the flattening of the infection