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SMALL-SCALE FARMS CAN PROVIDE OUR COUNTRY SAFE AND NUTRITONAL FOODS DESPITE THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE
Small-scale agriculture or small-scale farming is the growing and producing crops and livestock on a small-piece of traditional lands and smallholdings on the border of urban areas without using highly developed and high-priced technologies. This type of farming is characterised by intensive labour and in animal tethering, minimal use of chemicals and supply to the local or surrounding markets. Small-scale farming is ecologically friendly in that less land clearing, less gas emissions, less use of fuel-driven machinery and the market is usually local implying less carbon miles. Experts of permaculture and others claim that per unit of area small-scale agriculture is more productive than commercial agriculture in terms of total output from the piece of land. Cost-effectively, small scale farms improve local economic development by being a source of employment and keep most of the income to themselves. Socially, especially on traditional lands, it feeds the household first before the community.
Yes, small-scale farming can definitely feed our country with healthy and nutritious foods with a proper establishment of the land and excellent maintenance of the crops. In this way, small-scale farms can provide households their own food as well as they could put up for sale their produce to the markets to provide food for the community. There are wide evidences that small-scale farms can feed a country like majority of the small-scale farm households are self-sufficient and, at the same time, can supply food for the local community spreading to a larger scope. It can be productive and contribute to the food security of our country. They are the greatest venture to end hunger in our nation.
Small-scale farms offer economic and environmental advantages. These kinds of farms are easier to manage since Intensive
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