People who migrate from the country to the city often do not know the problems they will face.
Yes. In most cases, they take a lot of dreams with them to the city, but the sad reality is different. In the end, they return to the place that they never should have left in the first place. They return frustrated, with no enthusiasm left for life, and worse, they have trouble settling down.
So, farmer, dedicate yourself to agriculture with pride. Serving agriculture, the basic industry, is the best choice.
I told you not to go to Panama City, Horacio, and you didn’t pay any attention to me. You sold the farm and now you come back with no money and with more problems for all of us.
Forgive me, Maria. I tried to make money, but the truth is that in the city things are more difficult than here. And I thought it would be just the opposite. Andrés was right, but I didn’t listen.
And now, Horacio, what are we going to do?
We’ll see. We will think of something.
Make sure you do not end up in the same situation as this farmer. Stay on your farm. The city is not the solution for people who leave their fields. The countryside is a better choice for you.
At the beginning of this century, the population of Chiriqui was almost completely rural. That is, the people lived by agricultural production. If we keep migrating to the capital city, who will produce food for the rest of the population?
Think a bit about the advantages and disadvantages of moving to the city! In the countryside, you can almost always lead a healthy life, and the opportunities are greater.
When you migrate to the big city, two things can happen. First, you will not be producing food, so you will change from being a primary producer to being a primary consumer.
Second, if you do not have the right education, you will have a hard time finding a job.
That is why you will be happier staying right where you are now‑‑producing for the nation-serving agriculture, the basic industry.
Panama City is an explosive place. There is no security for anyone. The cost of living is high, and housing is extremely expensive. The amount of pollution is a big worry, and there are hardly any jobs. Would you want to leave the tranquility of the countryside to be in the middle of all that?
Think about it, farmer. The countryside still offers better opportunities than the city.
Often the city dazzles us with its cars, buildings, big stores, with its people and its style. But the reality is different. In the countryside, maybe we do not have some things that you can get in the city. But we do have the cooperation between one farmer and another, something which is rare in the city.
So, why go to the city to look for problems? Let’s keep producing. Our country needs us.
These radio spots were contributed by network participant Olmedo E. Carrera Zapata. He is head of a Ministry of Agricultural Development forestry research and production centre near the city of David, in Panamá.