On Friday, November 27th the students in AP Human Geography and Human Geography visited a large commercial farm 35 km outside of Bamako on the road to Segou. During the visit the students saw over 3,000 ostriches, tortoises, camels, cows, and GMO papaya trees. After the trip the students were asked to write a response in regard to how their farming practices are profitable. Here is Axel’s response.
1. The exotic meat/animals that are being raised on the farm are ostriches, tortoises, and kangaroos. Raising these animals will increase the profit of the farm. The fact that we do not find a lot of those animals and meat around makes it more valuable/expensive. People would like to try out this meat, and so, the population would wanting to purchase it is larger than cow meat for example, because it is less common. Also the fact that exotic animals are been raised there is very good. They reproduce within themselves, and like that, the animal population grows. At that point you can start exporting those animals to other countries for more money than if it was a cow (example). It would bring great profit to the farm; the animals, and the meat they produce.
2. The hybrid papaya seeds are a great idea to make profit. They are GMOs, and so because of that, they are made to be better, tastier, and stronger. They are able to grow more papaya and sell them for a good price. People will want to buy them, because instead of waiting for the papaya season, with those GMOs, there is no need to wait. Furthermore, they were able to make more than one variety of papaya on the same tree. That shows that they can make many different papayas with different tastes. At the end, everyone could find his or her preferred flavor of papaya. These GMOs will increase the farm’s profit because the people will want to papaya and because of all the different types, everyone is happy.