And whenever conflicts and controversies arise in the intricate relationship between the various organisations and stakeholders or when political instability develops, it is the farmers who suffer. Besides, there is a general lack of sustainable investments to fund agriculture and agricultural policies in favour of small farmers on the part of the government.

How do you see the future of farming – in general and for you personally?

It doesn’t look very promising to me. As long as the conditions to make farming attractive to the younger generation are missing, our future in general will be compromised.

As for me, now that all my children have left the nest, it is only my wife and I who are left to work and manage the farm. I’m happy that I could offer all my children a good education. As a result, however, none of them want to live in the village and work on the farm now.