Robert is Agribusiness Consultant who studied Agribusiness Management
7 Myths in Agribusiness Management
As the world is changing, a lot of people are getting interested in starting agribusiness farming or studying agribusiness management courses by registering online programs or those which are offered physically by leading universities. Much as this is the case, a lot of people are wondering on the exact knowledge and skills which agribusiness management students acquire after completing their studies and where do they apply their knowledge. This is not all as some even wonders as to which courses do those studying agribusiness management learn and how do those courses get applied and where in real life situations. This article will take you through by providing answers to these questions and as well uncovering myths which people have on those studying agribusiness management or those who specializes in agribusiness program.
Before we start uncovering more on this, firstly let's define what a myth is. A myth is defined as the perception which one has on a particular thing or topic. The person can h ave this in his or her heart without telling anyone or can disclose it to his/her friends or relatives just to mention a few. The big question remains, what exactly are these myths in agribusiness management? Now we are uncovering them in detail.
Myths in Agribusiness Management
1. All agribusiness managers or specialists who study agribusiness management become agriculture extension workers
In villages or some remote areas, a lot of people are unable to differentiate between the agribusiness manager and agriculture extension officers based on which advices could each of these give them on farming when they want to start agribusiness farming. Agriculture extension officers specialize in extension courses which, among others can help them in giving you advice on which crops should be grown in your area, depending on environmental conditions and other factors, how you can take care of your crops, when do you need to harvest, which chemicals do you have to apply in case of pests and diseases among others. An agriculture extension officer is able to give you these advices on crop production and even on livestock farming, still more it does not necessarily means that these are experts in these fields as for example, the person who can give you more information on livestock or animal farming is the one who studies animal science. Similarly an agronomist can provide you with more details on how best you should take care of your crops and still more these agronomists can not provide you with much detail on which crop variety performs better than others as seed scientists are the ones having more information on this. On the other hand, the agribusiness managers can give you more information on how and where you should sale your crop products for maximum profit. These agribusiness managers can also give advices on which combination of varieties will give you more profit and will operate more efficiently. Even though the agribusiness managers can give you more information on this combination and efficient way of operations, it is not all as the agricultural economists can provide you with a better knowledge.
2. Agribusiness managers or specialists are the only one who work as farm managers
A lot of people who do not study agribusiness management or economic courses think that the only person who can perform more efficiently on the farm, is the one who studies agribusiness management. When it come to farm management, both the agricultural economist and agribusiness manager are equipped with knowledge on efficient ways of operating farm resources. Much as this is the case, those studying agricultural economics are those who are equipped with more knowledge on farm efficiencies while those who studies agribusiness are equipped with more knowledge on where, when and how the farm products should be sold as they can guide you with certain market information which an agricultural economist can not be able to give you.
3. Students studying agribusiness management courses can not work on other higher job positions in the field of accounting, online tutoring, financial institutions, economics and many others.
The students who enroll agribusiness management program are able to learn different courses in business management, economics, marketing, animal science, seed systems, agricultural economics among others which make this myth untrue as these students can use knowledge in those fields in different sectors.
4. Agribusiness specialists or managers know more about crop and animal production
This myth is not true as we have already given more details that an agronomist can be able to give you more details on crop farming and the same an animal scientist when it comes to livestock farming.
5. When you study agribusiness management, you stand with a higher chance of opening up your own farm to practice your knowledge and skills
This myth is false as it depends on personal choices and other factors. The main point is that anyone can open his or her farm and it does not need one to study agribusiness as one of sufficient conditions.
6. When you study agribusiness management, you can not be an economist
This myth is a very serious one as some agribusiness management students are denied access to do their internships or school attachments in industries offering economic related jobs. Similarly, those who graduates with Bachelor's degree in agribusiness management. Now the big question is, could really this myth be true? Well, the point of emphasis is that those studying agribusiness management are well equipped with knowledge in economics as they learn some of the economics courses and can as well do their postgraduate studies in economics.
7. All who study agribusiness management courses become venders
This myth is not true as vendors act as middle men and can perform value addition on crops and can buy your crops and resell at a profit while agribusiness managers can provide you with market information based on market research.
The following are some of the courses in agribusiness management program
1. Basic undergraduate courses (higher physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, introduction to computer applications, communication skills and other basic year one courses)
2. Business mathematics
3. Business organizations
4. Crop management
5. Livestock management
6. Introduction to financial and management accounting
7. Principles of marketing
10. Business finance
11. Financial Markets and Institutions
12. Operations research
13. Mathematics for economists
14. Farm business management
15. Strategic management
16. Business operations management
17. Organizational behavior
18. Statical packages
19. Micro & Macro economics
20. Value chain management
These are some of the courses that those studying bachelor's degree in agribusiness management are able to learn.
Now what remain unanswered is where exactly can you join these agribusiness management courses? well, you can enroll these courses in agribusiness management program at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi and other leading universities which offers agribusiness management program.
In conclusion, this article has discussed on the myths which some people have on agribusiness managers and those studying agribusiness management courses whether online or by physical means.