Farming is not for the faint hearted. I hear everyday about the losses that farmers make everyday and it breaks my heart because I know first hand what it is like to make losses for one reason or another .As someone who has lost 75000 cabbages, I know too well what crop loss can do to your overall wellbeing. However over the years, I have found that the journey gets easier ( or I got stronger, I don’t know). But I have developed muscles and better coping mechanisms such that despite the setbacks I face here and there. I am able to conquer them. and in a shorter time too.
So, you have lost your crop. Like all the major unfortunate events it is normal to feel disoriented. And it is okay. You had dedicated your time, money and energy to grow these crops. I do not know what other people say, but it is okay to lick your wounds. Take time to heal and recharge. You could do this by talking to someone (we allow rants in the group.) Which you could join by clicking here. It also helps that being a group for farmers, at one point or another, they have lost crops and will truly empathize with you.
Talking about it will make you feeling better. I guess it helps to know that we are not alone. and should you choose to, you can bounce back. Because honestly, it is not the end of the world.
Like I said before, whenever I hear a story of some farming related loss, I immediately understand the kind of pain the farmer is going through. Now of course, I am not always able to help. But there are a few times I am able to. Like with the case of Joyce Maina who donated 60000 cabbages due to lack of market. You can watch the story here. Or tips on how you can start marketing your produce online.
When you are deep in crisis whether its because of market failure or crop loss due to disease, it is easy to shut down and feel defeated. However, in my experience, reaching out whether it is through social media or whatever means you prefer, will always alleviate the situation. I was scrolling through twitter yesterday when I saw a farmer had lost 1000+ chicken due to heart attack. While there seemed to be no hope for him in this situation someone in the comment section suggested repurposing the meat as pet food and even offered to buy a couple hundred of chicken from him. See, the farmer did not recover the chicken, but he did not make a hundred percent loss.
So, please, reach out. Have some faith in humanity.
Learn from your mistakes.
Well ideally, you should try to gather as much information as possible before starting a project. The more the knowledge the better. However, this is not always the case. But you can make it the last time you learn ‘the hard way’. Somethings we cannot control, but I employ you to always do whatever it takes to successfully complete a project. And no, I am not taking about overusing fungicides after a serious breakout. I am taking about actually doing things the right way so that you save yourself the headache and money that you will use to resuscitate your crops. Follow the right procedure beforehand. Save yourself the heartache that will follow.
Make use of agronomists, the knowledge of fellow farmers and all the knowledge online.
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