The Effect of Pest and Diseases on Agriculture

Pest and disease has been the greatest threat to farm crops all over the world, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa where the technology or techniques to fight this monster is unavailable or limited.

As the population of the world increases, agriculture is struggling to support this rapid growth by making sure there is enough food, but plant and disease reduces the production and quality of food, fibre and biofuel crops. The losses sometimes cannot be measured because it may be chronic or catastrophic, but on average account for 45% of the production of few most important crops.

Here, are some of the effects of pest and diseases on Agriculture.

#Inability to meet market demands

Small holder farmer’s harvests are little due to pest and disease that has affected their crops, and they are not able to meet the demands of the market.

#Low income for farmers

Farmers don’t have enough to sell at the end of the day, due to the damage pest and disease has done to their crops. Their means of Livelihood becomes  threatened as a result of that.

#Food Importation

Pest and diseases could force some communities become dependent on imported foods, because of inadequate technical support for disease management and control.

#Usage of wrong Chemicals on Crops

When rural farmers do not get the necessary support they need to fight disease and pest they result to alternative means, by using chemicals that could be harmful to the human health.

 The best and most effective way to fight pest and disease effecting agriculture is to discover at the early stage before it spreads beyond control, with the introduction of technology into agriculture today, it is much easier to fight pest and disease.

The support of AgricTech Companies and established agricultural digitalization companies in the world, we can control the effect to a very large extent, in other to achieve the global zero hunger agenda by 2030.

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