Are farmers truly better than teachers? This is one of the debate topics usually given to primary or secondary school students to discuss. In the real sense of it, all professions are important to the overall growth of a nation. A nation is viewed as interacting and interdependent parts.
Who is a Farmer?
A farmer engages in agriculture, producing various food products for human and animal consumption. There are several kinds of farmers, ranging from farmers who raise animals to farmers who grow crops.
Farmers are responsible for all crops and livestock that are needed for us to survive. Without food, the world would slowly die, and farmers work hard every day to keep plenty of crops and animal products in the market to keep that from happening.
Who is a Teacher?
A teacher is saddled with the responsibility of helping students acquire knowledge, competence, or virtue, i.e., they help their students to learn.
Why are Farmers better than teachers?
Like I said earlier, this article is for debate purposes, and it is in no way to relegate any profession especially a noble profession like teaching.
Farmers fight hunger
According to United Nations, 25,000 people, including more than 10,000 children, die from hunger and related causes each day. This implies without farmers, and this world would have gone into extinction. Their relentless effort to produce food for the nation has kept people alive and saved the world from hunger. Early farmers domesticated cereals, fruits, vegetables, and animals. This helped preserve many species selected for their high nutrient content and reliable harvests. In turn, the stable food supply created by farms kept people from starving and, in fact, led to a rapid increase in population around the world.
Farmers make their contribution to economic development in the following ways:
- By providing food and raw material to non-agricultural sectors of the economy.
- By creating demand for goods produced in non-agricultural sectors, by the rural people on the strength of the purchasing power, earned by them on selling the marketable surplus.
- By earning valuable foreign exchange through the export of agricultural products.
Farmers help to reduce climatic change
Farmers are now engaging in organic farming, which prohibits most synthetic inputs as well as cleaner soil, water, and food. This way, they create a climate-friendly environment. Furthermore, organic and sustainable techniques bring additional benefits for farmers, such as increased soil health and fertility, which leads to other climate-friendly benefits.
Creation of Civilization
Farming enabled people to cultivate all the food they needed in one place, with a much smaller group of people. The availability of food produced by farmers led to massive population growth, creating cities and trade. Since not everyone needed to run a farm, this freed up some people to specialize in other things, like government, armies, and the arts. Civilizations were born. Humans came together in larger populations, stockpiled resources, and developed complex infrastructures wherever agriculture flourished. Farming transformed almost every aspect of human society.