The Modern Plantation…Soil and Toil
Farming has many facets agriculturally tied to it’s form and function. When it comes to plantation style of farming the negative connotation attached from historical practices often paint it in a less than legitimate light. However it has changed and with it’s practices are modern era titles such as plantation agriculture, mono-culture farming all speaking of this same farming industry warranting understanding since offering so much globally in terms of food and material consumption is the goal.
A Plantation is…
Plantations are vast large scale estates that were created solely and exclusively for the purpose of providing attention and care through farming singular and specifically planted crops. It is historical in nature though existing today; producing types of plants and other materials throughout the world such as cotton, coffee, sugar cane, fruit, trees, and more. A plantations main intention is to gain profit by commercial utilization and purchase.
Consisting of large regions or stretch of real estate necessary to produce immense outputs of crops at one time have set plantations apart from other types of farming. Take for instance prominent offerings such as cotton, tobacco, sugar, and rice today. Many of them are plantation created with a long historical hold resilient enough to matter in today’s economy. Cotton was established in the 1800’s with there 65 percent American cropped and 18000 locations throughout for consumption or export. Sugar is another plantation crop from the 1800’s that’s raised around the globe and not far behind is rice plantation of the 1700’s are thriving today in areas such as parts of Asia and Pakistan.
What is plantation farming
Mainly located in regions or tropical climate focused on approximately six areas of proficiency which are:
Specialization in all aspects of that crop
Scientific cultivation methodology
Large Capital Investment
Technical and Managerial Support
Efficient system of transport
There is no doubt that within this system of agriculture clear advantages and disadvantages are found. It is the objective of any plantation owner to make concentrated decisions on the crop and the entire expanse of land is dedicated to that product only. There is no mixing or allocation of another material or fruit so that all efforts are unified in the end and best product with specialization of productivity efforts. This will not only provide an excellent output but also bring production cost down due to efficiency in duties.
Two very crucial factors that go into this are the farm site location. Just where it is located is meaningful to the process in remoteness and climate. The next is how the location is managed. This is pivotal as mismanagement or inefficiency will bring problems. The two groups central to and caring most about its successful efforts are consumer and the environment at large.
This type of farming has roots from ancient Roman period where the wealthiest owned large farms that utilized slave or low paid labor to fulfill the crops. In Colonial America the South was the leader in plantation farming which produced tobacco, cotton, rice, and more.
Today’s Farming Picture
Modern plantation farming has evolved from history current uses becoming plantation agriculture. It is an entire entity unto itself where more specialization has been applied in technology, machinery, production efforts to promote a single material or crop. The end product may be a raw material sold to manufacturing industry or complete product exported throughout the country and overseas.
It is true that large plantations globally are still owned by Europeans,those who are toiling the fields providing planting, care, and harvesting of crops for consumers have challenges. Meeting the needs of consumers globally every single day these plantation works experience pros and cons. It is true that working conditions are not historically and slavery based yet they suffer from physical, psychological, and legal obstacles in their lives.
On the one there is always work as the plantation is a year round entity as well as the openings are numerous there is work available if desired. The conditions are regulated more than in the past but the challenges still are apparent. Many times documentation and data are not accurate as the undocumented farm workers and counts are not proven. The struggle here begin in services along with organizational support in defense of workers are lacking. Working long days in challenging climates and terrain, these laborers accumulate bare minimum safety, wages, and support from their employers which may include housing and family concerns.
In the area of inclusion there is a pro, sort of in that they have become more prevalent in plantation work and are routinely sought in specific crops. Women are the X factor that work diligently though it is very physical labor. However with this comes facing sexual harassment and inefficient maternity and health provision.
The Production Process
Production of goods and types of crops have become a highly modernized process to a somewhat sophisticated level of completion. Advanced scientific methods have been applied to boost this industry’s efforts. Specialized process in operations and fertilization methods have gotten better meeting the following:
Located in underdeveloped and isolated locations production has benefited from manned local staff with titles and duties to efficiently execute objectives effectively. With all of these steps applied elevated outputs make exporting crops at a greater level of proficiency. Along with this processing there are strides in packaging methods within the facility system, and better communication techniques and results, two key factors that make a difference.
As it is shown this agricultural phenomenon has not gone by the wayside to the contrary it is a thriving industry that is important to countries, families, environment and so much more. The vast level of details necessary to continue this operation running relies on workers, production efficiency, and the land to support the material coming out of the soil on a regular basis.