Urban farming is becoming one of the substantial activities in most urban areas. It help boost the economy as well as try to fight poverty. This is the practice of growing of plants and rearing of animals within urban areas or a city.
It also involves urban methods of farming. Such as use of labor within urban areas, modernized tools and technology. All these are an advantage to the farmers as well as the consumers because they have products near them.
Common food products grown
They grow different food products. Like grains, root crops, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits. Animals like poultry, rabbits, goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, guinea pigs, fish and so on. Some of these undergo processing and also put up for sell in available markets.
Most people start urban farming for their own consumption but with time, they expand their productivity into commercial farming.
Advantages of urban farming
Urban farming in a way has contributed a lot to the development of urban areas that is to say, the products always contribute to the economic status of the urban areas. The buyers and sellers eventually improve on the financial system through taxation on the good and products.
Also due to the desire to reach more markets, infrastructures have been built like market centers, roads that enable easy access to the different consumers within and around the city. Not forgetting that it provides employment to many urban dwellers like laborers.
Disadvantages of urban farming
However, it is important to note that urban farming has negative effects that have come up gradually over time for instance;
It has replaced rural farming thus less productivity from the rural areas. This has affected people living in the rural areas because they now have no source of income to support their cost of living. This has eventually led to urban migration since people are looking for employment.