National Open Farm Day 2023: National Open Farm Day is observed annually on the first Monday of May. This year, the holiday is observed on May 1. A collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Rural Economy Research Centre, and Jarvamaa Avatud Talud produced the National Open Farm Day. The purpose of Open Farm Day is to educate the public about where their food comes from and how it reaches their dishes daily. Visitors investigate large and small farms, agricultural technologies, and a variety of animals and plants on this day.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL OPEN FARM DAY
Throughout human history, agriculture has been reinvented numerous times and in numerous locations. Approximately 12,000 years ago, at the beginning of the Holocene geological epoch, the Neolithic Revolution marked the transition from a hunter-gatherer society to an established agricultural society. It was the world’s first agricultural revolution supported by historical evidence. By 4,000 B.C., people in central Europe were using oxen to draw ploughs and waggons. Farming had spread from the Middle East to Europe.
The Columbian exchange, which began with Christopher Columbus’ voyages in 1492, introduced maize, potatoes, and tomatoes to Europe in addition to wheat, rice, and radishes, as well as cattle, which were already present in the Americas. Since 1900, human labour has been displaced by mechanisation, chemicals, and selective breeding in industrialised nations, and to a lesser extent in developing nations. As a result, agriculture productivity has increased dramatically in industrialised nations and to a lesser extent in developing nations.
Between the 17th and mid-19th centuries, agricultural productivity and net output in Britain soared. In 1750, enclosure, mechanisation, four-field crop rotation to retain soil nutrients, and selective breeding enabled an unprecedented population increase of 5.7 million. In the middle of the 17th century, authors such as Samuel Hartlib, Walter Blith, and others began advising English farmers on more profitable agricultural practises.
Both the British agricultural revolution of the 18th century and the green revolution of the second half of the 20th century led to changes in agricultural practises. Between the 1940s and the late 1970s, a series of research, development, and technology transfer activities comprised the green revolution. After the late 1960s, the green revolution increased global agricultural production.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL OPEN FARM DAY
Attend a workshop on cultivation.
Participate in a cultivation workshop to learn more about agricultural operations. Some farms conduct workshops to teach others how to grow their own food. National Open Farm Day is an opportunity to learn something new, so seize it!
Visit a farm
Visit a local farm to experience life on a farm. Observe life on large and small farms, cutting-edge agricultural technology, and a diverse array of animals and plants.
National Open Farm Day is an opportunity to document your visit to a farm through photographs and video. Participate in raising awareness of what occurs on a working farm and encourage others to learn more about the origins of their sustenance. Include the #openfarm hashtag in all of your posts.
5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FARMING Female Farmers
30% of the producers of today are women.
70% greater yields by 2050
By 2050, farmers will need to produce 70 percent more food to sustain the world’s growing population.
Important employment source
Agriculture is one of the most significant employment sectors, and it is thriving.
Contributes to development
Agriculture is essential to a nation’s economic development.
Agriculture produces basic materials
Cotton, sugar, wood, and palm oil are a few of the basic materials that agriculture provides.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT NATIONAL OPEN FARM DAY
It helps environmental recovery
Agriculture can injure or heal. Biodiverse agricultural practises benefit the environment. Increased biodiversity results in a healthier soil, reduced soil erosion, improved water conservation, and happier pollinators.
A principal source of revenue
The majority of people’s primary source of income is agriculture. Over 70% of the population derives their revenue from agriculture. This high percentage is a result of the inability of non-agricultural activities to expand in order to absorb the swiftly growing population.
Provides sustenance for mankind
Farmers are accountable for the daily sustenance we consume. Agriculture ensures humanity’s survival, stimulates economic growth, and improves living conditions.
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