Date Posted: May 5th, 2008
The farmers quoted in this week’s news stories from Senegal and Cameroon also described various expenses that they incur to operate their farms, and inputs they would like to invest in, if they could afford it. These range from seeds and fertilizer to farm labour and tractors.
During this period of fluctuating input costs and crop prices, it is more important than ever for farmers to use a budget. A budget can help ensure that farmers earn a profit and helps them to decide where to invest resources. In this week’s featured script, (Package 61, Script 2, October 2001) the character of a farmer named Ekua describes how she makes her budget and why she believes a budget is the most important part of a successful farm. You can find this script online at: http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/61-2script_en.asp. This script can be used in conjunction with Script 1 from Package 61, “Farmers profit from a budget” (http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/61-1script_en.asp).