Agriculture has been an important sector of concern for the nation. Taking remedial measures to check and seek development step for making farming sustainable technology is playing an significant role.Likewise farming and ag-related business is an important aspect to country/rural living throughout . Many municipalities and counties rely on local traditional and diversified agricultural-related business for a vibrant economy bustling with opportunities into the future.
“Agriculture is the main sector in Lethbridge County. Agriculture has always been important we all have to eat. It’s going to continue to be important, in fact, even more important,” said Martin Ebel, Lethbridge County’s Economic Development Officer (EDO).
According to the EDO, in countries such as China, India and Brazil there is a tremendous amount of emerging middle-class growth in the hundreds of millions and one of the first things people tend do with more money is bump up their diet. “Before, you could only have meat once a month, maybe now you’re having it once a week or if you could only have the cheapest of grains, now you’re having more expensive and more nutritious grain. The demand for agricultural products is not going to diminish, it’s only going to increase. That puts Lethbridge County and rural agricultural communities in a good position,” he noted.
Certain industries are tailing off in Alberta and throughout the country but Ebel added that will never happen with agriculture. “Unless there’s some magical pill that’s developed like in science fiction, where you take a pill and that gives you a full meal,” he hypothesized.
Ebel said agriculture has a very firm foundation but the industry continues to change very rapidly. “The family farm isn’t what it used to be. You’ve got a lot more corporate or large-scale farms, you’ve got more and more automation and use of computer and GPS technology — eventually maybe unmanned farming machines that will be robot-controlled and hooked up to GPS and they’ll harvest or seed. We’re not there yet but 20 or 30 years from now, that might be the norm here in North America,” he speculated, adding farming though has not been a go away.
One of the questions for local municipalities and counties moving forward is how to be sustainable and how to build on that, while building other parts of local economies to ensure diversification.