Agriculture has impacted positively in the society, and people living in California have testified its importance, as the cultivation of Almond fruit has contributed towards the nutrition benefits of the locals. There is need to consistently produce the product to aid sustainability. This research work seeks to educate people on the benefits of Almonds to health. Research shows that the cultivation of almonds in frosty areas will lead to failure, as such; these fruit grows well in areas with Mediterranean climate, as well as dry and hot summers. In addition to that, the produce is very likely to fail in areas where there is frost. Because of this, the farmers in California can either make use of the organic method in the growth of Almond or apply the conventional way. The conventional form of farming entails the use of pesticides in preventing any attack of the crop by the harmful organisms, as well as the use of high irrigational techniques in ensuring the almond crop receives the high quantity of water needed for its growth. On the other hand, the use of the organic method of farming entails the farmer making use of the available natural conditions in the growth of the almond crops in the California. The farmer makes use of the high level of water and climate in ensuring that the plants bloom in their development.
However, it could be better for most of the farmers to adopt the organic form of growing the crop, as compared to the adoption of the conventional technique. First, the natural method mainly makes use of the plant compost in acting as the soil conditioner regard g the needed temperature for the efficient growth and development of this crop. The mulches firm the compost aids in the improvement in the level of holding the soil moisture, while at the same time, causing a reduction in the rate of evapotranspiration (Brown, 2017). Such use of the compost in maintaining soil moisture is relatively cheaper when compared to the use of commercial forms of irrigation that will call for a high level of machinery, as well as installation in ensuring the right level of moisture for the plants.
Water Usage in the Cultivation Process
According to Information from Foundation for National Progress (2017), almond framing requires a relatively high amount of water. As a result, most farmers have resolved to tap the groundwater, other than the use of irrigation from rives to avoid the severe effects accompanied by the drought cases. However, this method has been met by government restrictions, especially in those areas in the western states where they are water scarcity. Fortunately, California enjoys the freedom for the farmers to tap as much water from the ground, as it will help them in meeting their needs of growing the almond plant. For instance, the report from the years 2003, to 20110 shows that such areas where tapping is uncontrollable lost an approximately 20 cubic kilometers of water from the valley’s aquifers. Suggestions claim that such amount of water would have catered for the human consumption for of the New York population within 11 years.
More so, there is worrying perception by the experts that the combination of over pumping, as well as drought in these areas renown for almond planting is some looming catastrophe. However, this problem of water shortage is slowly getting under control as more farming are opting for the organic form of production, regarding almond farmingInformation (Foundation for National Progress (2017). Additionally, drip irrigation and alternative methods such as squeezing more almond crop are revolutionizing the whole practice of almond farming into a less water-intensive venture.
The Farming Areas and Possibility for Continuity and Expansion
San Joaquin Valley
Information from Foundation for National Progress (2017) shows that farmers in San Joaquin Valley have for a long time enjoyed the presence of water tapped from the ground in carrying out the production of this crop. Although there are cases of the water table being negatively affected by too much tapping, there are still opportunities for the ear to continue with almond farming through the incorporation of other aspects such as drip irrigation, and use of mulching in preventing excessive usage of water I the farms.
According to Foundation for National Progress (2017), almond orchards for this region have been thriving for the past decade leading to a high economy boost from the sales. However, the chances are that any further boom of the crop in this area will get hampered due to water challenges emanating from drought, as well as low levels of water from the Sacramento River that used to be the primary source of water. Instead, more farmer s are opting for other crops such as cotton that are less water-intensive.
Just like in San Joaquin Valley projects, this area is receiving boosts from other forms of growing Almond such as mulching, drip irrigation in carrying out its production of the almond crop. There is positivity regarding the future output of the plant in this region.
Just like the other three regions, Red Bluff is renowned almond production area, whose production level continues booming up to date. However, the district has not been an exception regarding the use of water problems regarding its production process. Additionally, there have been calls form the farmers that there is the shortage of bees that usually aids in the fertilization of the almond crops. However, various organizations are working together to ensure that the future production of almond in this area does not get affected by the mentioned factors.
Concerned Stakeholders and Their Roles in Ensuring Sustainability of Almonds
According to (Foundation for National Progress, 2017), mixture production of almonds by the insurance conglomerate, as well as individual farmers have seen the crop’s output to be on a high level in California. However, the Beverly Hills magnets Stewart, together with the Lynda Resnick collection of farms has a perceived ownership of about 70, 000 acres of almonds. The published information the two firm’s website shows that it captures all the profits from the production, growing, processing as well as marketing of the almond (Foundation for National Progress, 2017). Additionally, these two companies ensure that the farmers are in supply of sufficient waters for irrigation.
China is the primary market for the almond products from California. For stance, reports show that chin was responsible for the high level of the crop that got exported between 2007, and 2013 period. The almond products are usually purchased to regions of Hong Kong and China to satisfy the middle class’s high appetite for the high0ptrein healthy food.
Suppliers and Sellers
The information shows that the Almond Board of California effort is among the factors that have propelled the much fondness of the nuts among the customers through its $28-million-a-year campaign. It is through such intensive campaigns that California has been in a position to record the nearly 70 percent export to foreign markets.
Agriculture Management Corporations
The presence of agencies such as the Hancock Agricultural Investment group is responsible for the management of almond farming in California. The firm manages a total of $2.1 billion worth of farmland in the region. This corporation usually stands in for the large institutional investors such as the pension funds (Foundation for National Progress, 2017). It offers the framers to purchase a minimum of investment of $ million to ensure the framing process get propelled forward.
Almond framing is a lucrative type of farming that results in high level of returns to the economy of California, especially to the framers, and the directly involved agencies. However, the practice faces inevitable extinction due to the high volumes of water needed in its crop production. Water tapping restrictions in some places, as well as drought, are the main challenges faced by the output of almond. However, efforts form various stakeholders such as farmers, customers, marketers, and sellers, together with agricultural management corporations ensures that all these challenges get overcome. The continuous effort from such stakeholders, and their techniques poses a bright future, regarding the sustainability of California almond.
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