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Why Does Farming Matter?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Some journalists and lobbyists seem determined sometimes to score points off the sector. Moans and grumbles usually relate to things such as:

  • Slow-moving agricultural vehicles blocking roads
  • Rising farm prices driving up the cost of living
  • Taxpayer subsidies (in some countries) with the implication that some farmers are being ‘feather bedded’
  • Concerns about agricultural practices and things such as GM crops, pesticides, destruction of the natural environment and so on
  • The ‘corporatisation’ of farming and big-business practices exploiting the consumer
  • Animal welfare
  • etc.

Now not all of these concerns are constant and they can vary from one area, state or country to another but they exist and it can be an annoyance to farmers.

It’s possible to accept that, occasionally, there might be the odd grain of truth in some observations. The global farming industry, just like every other industry, has its fair share of issues to get to grips with and many farmers acknowledge that.

However, it’s sometimes overlooked just how critical farming is to society’s survival. Yes, that’s right survival.

The problem is that in much of today’s western industrialised societies and in fact also increasingly over the whole globe, society is more detached from farming and food production than it has ever been before in human history. Even in the great industrial towns of the early 19th century, it would have been a relatively short walk to the farms that started on the edge of town and every day urban folk would have seen farmers bringing their wares directly to them for sale in local markets.

That familiarity has now gone and with it that instinctive recognition of the importance of farming to society’s day to day existence. That’s because due to the advance of farming science and technology such as agricultural machinery, in most developed countries in the wold famine is now virtually unknown apart from either the history books or those distressing news reports from what are still sometimes called “third world countries” even though the term is now considered to be politically incorrect.

Yet famine and the mass deaths arising from it can be truly horrific. Just consider a few relatively recent examples:

    • the Chinese famines of the late 1950s and early 1960s caused by catastrophic agricultural policies and bad luck with weather excesses. Nobody really knows how many died but most conservative estimates put the figure between 15-20 million.

 

    • The late 19th century Indian famines caused by drought. They killed around 10 million people.

 

    • The Soviet famine of the early 1930s left an estimated 8 million dead due to disastrous government policies surrounding grain production.

 

  • The Potato famine caused by a blight and poverty left around 1 million dead in Ireland in the mid-19th century.

None of the above events, which are only a sample, are ancient mediaeval history and some occurred within living memory. They should serve as a reminder how much we rely on farming to produce not just an economic benefit to our society but also to keep us and our children alive.

Certainly, modern agriculture needs to be accountable and work in partnership with all areas of our society to constantly improve things but let’s not make farming the villain of the piece at every opportunity. It is all that stands between us and disaster in terms of having available food for the growing human population.

Get tractor replacement parts easily

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The invention of the tractor changed the way farming was done. Earlier people used to plough and till the land manually and with animals attached to ploughs. But the tractor changed all that, tilling the land became a lot easy with farm tractors. Though tractors were used in the 19th century itself, it really came into its own in the 20th century after the invention of the diesel engine. Huge ugly looking tractors of the 19th century were replaced with smaller but more efficient models of the 20th century.

Though tractors are primarily used in farms for cultivation and other farm related activities, tractors have also been found to be useful in the manufacturing industry and even in construction related activities. There are many companies that manufacture tractors and farming equipment and John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Ford New Holland etc., are some of the leading manufacturers of tractors.

A tractor is built to work hard and toil in the heat but even then tractor parts are subjected to wear and tear and you may need to replace them. Even if you maintain your tractor well and get it serviced regularly the sheer magnitude of the work that a tractor does could result in the malfunctioning of some parts for which you may need replacement parts. It is good practice to get genuine parts manufactured by the original equipment manufacturer when a part needs to be changed but such parts are not always available and you may need to buy replacement parts that are made by other companies which are as good as the original part. Before buying a replacement part however check whether the company that manufactures the part is a good company and whether they have been in existence for long.

Nowadays, getting replacement parts for a tractor is easy. All that one has to do is head to the internet and search for websites that sell tractor replacement parts. There are many websites that sell tractor parts and you will need to do a little research on the internet. Always have the model number and details of the part handy so that you can check the availability of the product. You can view images too, so it will be really easy to identify whether the part that you require is the part being shown. These websites provide free shipping if your purchase is above a minimum purchase order, so check that too. Last but not the least is to compare prices among the websites and select the best for your needs.

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