In our last blog post, we looked at some of the reasons as to why it is in the best interests of farmers to embrace sustainable agricultural practices. We saw some very obvious reasons why it would make sense for a farmer to embrace sustainable agricultural practices. It would, therefore, comes as a great surprise to learn that there are actually some farmers who are reluctant to adopt sustainable agricultural practices. Actually, if we are to be honest, we’d state that a huge percentage of farmers are reluctant to adopt sustainable agricultural practices. In today’s blog post, we will be trying to understand this phenomenon: that is, trying to understand why some farmers are reluctant to adopt sustainable agricultural practices.
It emerges that the main reason as to why some farmers are reluctant to adopt sustainable agricultural practices is this: they fear that adoption of such sustainable agricultural practices would lead to reduced efficiency. Yet the nature of modern (globalized) agriculture is such that one has to be very efficient, to remain in business. This is indeed why some farmers are even opting to outsource certain functions: like where you have some farmers using the Securitas paperless pay talx system, to handle the payroll function for their workers. It becomes very hard to convince a farmer who is willing to go to such extreme lengths in search of efficiency to adopt sustainable agricultural practices.
We also have some farmers who are simply resistant to change. And to the extent that adoption of sustainable agricultural practices entails changing the manner in which they do things in a significant way, they are inclined to resist it. To given a simple example, there is bound to be some resistance to change, when you try to tell a farmer who has been using chemical fertilizers to switch to manures. Unless you can demonstrate to how he stands to benefit (personally and directly), you are bound to encounter lots of resistance.