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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Sep 09, 2020
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Juran5 months ago
The idea is excellent! Farmers usually have a problem of inconstant income, highly dependent on the yield and thus, not being eligible for credits and mortgages. This would allow them to live more comfortably. But it could make big problems for a company to have stabile money income all-year-round. The key is to spread the business all over the region/country to minimize the effects of bad weather. Also, all varieties of crops should be seeded, to ensure the balanced yield throughout the year. But palms up for this idea that could transform agriculture, especially in smaller countries!
Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni5 months ago
Thank you Juran! I like your suggestion of spreading the business and using a variety of crops. Makes total sense.
Yahi Menezes
Yahi Menezes6 months ago
I may have misunderstood some aspects of the proposal and I don't have practical experience in the field, but personally and ideally, I would go for a more "democratic" internal organisation system of the company, like a cooperative or some federative-like organisation, which I believe could potentially maintain most benefits of corporate farming while additionally ensuring: more equally distribution of decision power, ensuring that local farmers' needs are attended; more equal distribution of profits along people directly involved in the "production to selling process" (from farmworkers to managers); prevention of unprincipled corporate lobbying that may promote local environment and community degradation (like what happens nowadays in Brazil, for example), which may also be attained by preventing concentration of power of one associated farm (there could be an upper-limit in individual farm size, thereby maintaining internal compatibility). Some guiding principles of a cooperative: https://www.ica.coop/en/cooperatives/cooperative-identity
Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni6 months ago
I agree a more democratic organisation will be favorable for the farmers. That is the reason I added "or preferably the government" in the first point under individual-owned corporate farming. However, if it starts to become less profitable (more like a non-profit organization or a welfare scheme for the farmers) for the investing parties, it will be less sustainable. Profit drives research, progress, and expansion (more companies might invest in farming).
Darko Savic
Darko Savic6 months ago
Complement farming with electricity production. It's called Agrivoltaics. 1/3 of sunlight hits the panels while the rest goes to the crops. https://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/press-media/press-releases/2019/agrophotovoltaics-hight-harvesting-yield-in-hot-summer-of-2018.html