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1425 H
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2004
Volume 17-0
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Ready for Some Field Work?

On the lines of productive employment for the Muslim youth, one of the good ventures that should be undertaken is Collective Farming

By Shahnawaz Khan

 

Business ventures are mainly individual undertakings based on the resources available. But whenever I think of ways in which we as a Muslim community could mature into a force to reckon with, I can only boil down the requirements to two things. One is the sound Education, understanding and following of Islam, and the other is clean, fruitful and productive employment to everyone in the Ummah.

On the lines of productive employment for the youth of our community, I feel one of the good ventures that should be undertaken is Collective Farming. People of our community, who have the sort of money which can be invested on a long term basis, should consider this option actively, as there are multi-fold advantages of this activity. By collective farming, I not only mean the actual plantation and growth of crops, but also food-processing and animal husbandry.

Firstly, this activity forms the core or root business, which is most essential for any region of the world, hence there is very little scope of the business going out of fashion or weakening in demand. Since the population on this earth is growing at almost 3% every year, the demand for food in every form will always keep growing.

In India, there are vast tracks of land which are available at very cheap rates and if we undertake this sort of a venture on a collective basis, we can purchase this land at even cheaper prices. Again this is a huge advantage in the years to come, as the money invested in land will never go a waste and will have a great influence in the next generations to come.

Though farming is an individual activity in our country, the government provides a lot of facilities to the farmers. Presently, these facilities are being mis-used by influential people and politicians and hence its purpose is lost on the deserving people. On the other hand, individual farmers are unable to invest money in acquiring the requisite knowledge and value disposal of their produce, thus resulting in lesser revenues from their farms. In the US and many European countries, large corporations have entered into the farming sector in a massive scale, but here in India, we have yet to see this happen, as there are still many areas in the manufacturing and service sectors which offer much more lucrative earnings and is holding the interest of large investors. But in the decades to come, we will see a saturation being set into the manufacturing business and in those times, it is more likely to shift its emphasis to farming.

What does a Community (Corporate) provide that, which an individual farmer does not?

(A) Long term investment in the land and infra-structure : This is needed to provide basic living amenities to those who are directly engaged in working on the farm. The returns on this investment will be spread over many years and is hence beyond the reach of many individual persons.

(B) Knowledge : Collectively, we can employ the latest information as to the various techniques which can be used for growing most productive crops or plants. We can take the help of experts in the industry and get the benefit of their knowledge.

(C) Technology : Investment can be done in the purchase of good equipment to increase the productivity and efficiency of working.

(D) Marketing : The goods produced can be sold at better prices in the market. Since we can hold on to the produce for a much longer period, than an individual person, we can eliminate the need for middle-men and sell the products directly to customers, thus getting better returns.

(E) Manpower Turnover : Replacement and Rotation of manpower is possible on a community level, people who have gained experience can be promoted to other farms or to higher positions. People who are not interested to work can be replaced by other people from within the community.

The main advantage for us would be in the form of maintaining an atmosphere of Deen and Islam within the venture. Since all of the employees would be Muslims, we could teach and follow our faith with peace and tranquility. Being in contact with nature and away from the severe competition of the urban lifestyle, it would be easy to spend time in contemplation of the things that Allah s.w.t. has made available to us. There could be a better appreciation of Allah's creation.

(The writer can be reached at mnfarms02@vsnl.net)

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