Importance of Plants in the Balance of Nature
Only humans have been able to survive and flourish in any habitat in life than other living species on earth. Others species on the other hand such as plants have to endure fight and survive in some of the unlikeliest places. Actually for plants to survive in harsh conditions, they have got to learn the tactic of fighting for sunshine – which is tone of the most essential elements of their survival – they have to fight for food which is increasingly diminishing as well as strive to reproduce as they battle against any predators. This must be tough for them even though they may be adapted to such kind of life.
It is through there fight that green plants, are able to supply us with oxygen. Green plants possess green pigments which are able to tap sunlight which is essential in providing them with the needed energy to manufacture their own food through a process called photosynthesis. As this process continues, it enables them to release oxygen which in turn is inhaled by humans and animals. This means that plants play a very crucial role in creating a balance of the living species and most importantly human beings. Without them, there won’t be oxygen, hence no life for us. They are also the primary source of food for humans and animals alike and this calls for the need to us to take care of them and nurture them.
Living a Purposeful Life by Embracing Good Agricultural Practices
After finishing my bachelor’s degree in natural and agricultural sciences, I was employed as an arboriculturist in a local forestry research institute. I worked for the organization for the next five years in various research projects as which were mostly about biodiversity & environmental management or improvement of forest productivity and development of forest products. The job wasn’t as exciting or challenging as I deemed it would be before I joined the organization. However, because there was so little to work on, I felt that I liked it because it gave me the opportunity to engage in my private businesses.
I never thought about quitting the job until one day when I went to visit my parent in their rural home. I went there at a time when the crops in the area and neighboring regions had been heavily infested by a pathogen outbreak. The outbreak was so severe and despite the efforts of the farmers to use herbicides to control it, it continued spreading. It seemed resistant to the chemicals used. Local agricultural specialists had arrived two weeks earlier and took the samples of the plants for further examination, but they were yet to report on their finding and recommendations.
That evening as I was discussing about the condition with my mother she expressed that they didn’t trust the agricultural officers to help them in any way. She told me of a similar incidence when farmers had to endure massive losses as they waited for the same office to help them in fighting another disease which had attacked their crops. The officers as usual came and took samples to analysis, but they never reported on the findings which they claimed to have sent the report to the head research institutes for investigation. My mother expressed her concerns that since I had excelled well in agricultural studies, I should be one of those helping them in such situations.
Sustainable Agricultural Economics
That night I thought about the whole conversation and the pathetic state that I had found my parent farm in with the crops failing to battle the pathogens and I decided that it was time that I became useful in the community. I decided that it was time for me to quit my job at the forestry research institute and joined an agricultural research institute. This way, I figured out, I would be of much benefit to the community given that most of them relied on agriculture for their livelihood.
I quit my forestry job and joined one that dwelt with agriculture. This is where I found my home. The job was a bit challenging because of the numerous research activities that we had to take part in each day, but the challenges made me to learn and develop more passion for agriculture.
Since then, I’ve been pivotal in developing stress-tolerant plants and pastures, developing weed &a pest tolerant crops and educating the public on various ways of improving crop water-use efficiently, plant nutrition, and cultivation of environmental friendly & economically sustainable crops among other activities.
Though I went back to college to pursue my master in agriculture, I still find time to help other researchers in any way possible when I’m not on a busy schedule.