My Poultry Adventure
So today I decided to visit a poultry close by and interact with the spectacular people who have dedicated their lives to ensure that we have chicken, turkey, ducks, eggs and so on to eat. I got to the poultry around 12 noon after running some errands for my parents ( they didn’t care that I just go back from school two days ago).
As I entered the poultry I was greeted with the smell of bird feed and shit, this reassured me that I was in the right place. I walked to a shed and saw an old man probably in his late 60's and greeted him. He was quite sceptical when he saw me but he returned the greeting, we had an engaging conversation about how he obtained the information he needed to run his poultry. Our conversation is as follows, note that "Ose" means old man in Isoko and Urhobo language.
Me: I would like to as you some questions
Ose: * in a hostile tone* why must you ask me questions
I then told him about my team project and explained to him how important his experience and answers to questions where important to me.
Ose: *smiling* go ahead, ask me your questions
Me: How long have you been into agriculture and poultry ?
Ose: about 30 years as the owner of a poultry but I started learning from my father when I was a teenager, so you can say my entire life.
Me: How to you obtain information you need in running your poultry ?
Ose: well, *looks up* information is shared amongst farmers through veterinary personnel, poultry seminars, training through institutes but the training is expensive and only about one percent of poultry personnel attend.
Me: how often are these seminars held
Ose: mostly twice a year
Me: is the process stressful ?
Ose: no, it's easily accessible
Me: if there was a platform where you could access these information any time you need it instead of waiting for the other methods would you use it ?
Ose: of course, but it depends on how available the platform is
Me: it is free, all you need is internet service
Ose: yes I would use it
Me: do you think of you have better access to information that your level of productivity would increase ?
Ose: yes, it would.
Throughout our conversation ( of course I didn’t type every single word he said) what fascinated me the most was how he was aware of the use of IT in farming. He gave advice and tips on some agricultural issues. He also kept on lamenting on the problem agriculture is facing in Nigeria, on how there is lack of data in the ministry of agriculture and on how the poultry attendant is the most important person in the entire poultry but yet he is mostly the most untrained person there.
How every the most memorable moment of the interview was how he was scolding me on how to ask better questions and the encouragement he gave to me and he also told me that when the platform is ready he would love to use it