bmp’s approval of a major agricultural project, several months prior to the arrival of the invisible COVID-19 virus, is visionary. Timing was perfect.
It is a popular trend for adults, especially youthful adults, almost all over the world, to flock to the cities and urban centers in search of jobs, and a better life, while totally ignoring farming and agricultural opportunities in the rural areas. bmp does not condemn these migrations. At the same time, bmp strongly encourages farming and agriculture.
For this reason bmpUnited supported a major farming operation at Abawa village, Nsukka, Nigeria, in West Africa. The project was sponsored under our Agricultural Loans and Grants scheme.
The moral to this project report is that while many languished at home during the COVID-19 lockdown, those that owned farms were busy cultivating or harvesting. Being at the farms, farmers among us avoided the city crowd, and being infected. They also had food to eat, and were not dependent on paychecks or handouts that arrived late, arrived partially, or did not arrive at all. That is the power of diversification at work.