Accurate and easy to use Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS) are of fundamental importance for a successful operational farm management. Unfortunately, most farmers do not use FMISs when it comes to operate their business, despite the increasing professionalism in the agricultural sector and its increasing usage of IT technologies..
An agricultural information system can be defined as a system, in which agricultural information is generated, transformed, transferred, consolidated, received and fed back in such a manner that these processes function synergistically to underpin knowledge utilization byagricultural producers.
Agricultural information is an important factor that interacts with other production factors. Productivity of these other factors, such as land, labor, capital and managerial ability, can arguably be improved by relevant, reliable and useful information. Information supplied by extension, research, education and agricultural organizations helps farmers make better decisions. Information within the hands of the farmers means empowerment through control over their resources and decision-making processes.
An agricultural information system can be defined as a system, in which agricultural information is generated, transformed, transferred, consolidated, received and fed back in such a manner that these processes function synergistically to underpin knowledge utilization byagricultural producers. Accordingly, an agricultural information system consists of components (subsystems), information related processes (generation, transformation, storage, retrieval, integration, diffusion and utilization), system mechanisms (interfaces and networks) and system operations (control and management).
Agricultural information is considered as an essential input to agricultural education, research and development and extension activities. Different kinds of information are required by different kinds of users for different purposes. The potential users of agricultural information include government decision-makers, policy-makers, planners, researchers, teachers and students, program managers, field workers and farmers
Agrisol is a Farm Management Information System proudly designed and developed in Zimbabwe. lt aims at addressing the challenges that are being faced by the Farmers in Zimbabwe. The reality is by 2060 food production will need to double in order to satisfy global food consumption demands
Agrisol is a Farm Management Information System proudly designed and developed in Zimbabwe. lt aims at addressing the challenges that are being faced by the Farmers in Zimbabwe. The reality is by 2060 food production will need to double in order to satisfy global food consumption demands. What then this entails is there is a need for a serious paradigm shift from the way how farmers are conducting their business. Traditionally in Zimbabwe many farmers operate farm business from a family set which to some extent reduce efficiency
Agrisol Farm Management Information System has the following modules Budgeting, Farm Activities, Employee Management, Inventory Management, Harvest and Sales Management. Variance Analysis, and Reports Generations
Different Division at the farm are classified as cost centres and any activities done is recorded against that cost centre on a daily basis. Such that at the end the day or at any particular point in time we can ascertain amount of investment (in terms of labour and inputs) that would have been committed to that cost centre.
The AFMIS has two user access level which are one for the supervisor and the other is for Management or directorate. Supervisor or field officer can only input data/information only while the management can also do the same and they have full rights system which include Create User, create cost centres, create operations, Reset password for other user
For a Farmer Using Agrisol Farm Management Information many unlimited benefits will be derived which includes
Electronic record keeping: It is easier to keep your records updated electronically. Updated records mean better control of operations. Monitoring all activities and Costs is possible with only one click. Through record keeping of all tasks it gets easier to issue direct costing, which leads to new optimization opportunities. Additionally, electronic data can easily be transferred to other systems as well as electronic support may be implemented while recording data.
Optimization through comprehension and comparison: With your records, new opportunities for analyses are developed. Through calculating certain data (gross margin, operational steps per cost centre, etc.) weak spots will be easily found and addressed or eliminated
Inventory management: You will be provided with great overview on your stock and sales and purchases can be done on time.
Better Planning and Tracking: Agrisol Farm Management Information System provides a holistic view on a single platform that enables a farmer to plan more efficiently, track activities in real-time and make the best decisions. Because to ensure a farm operation reaches its true potential, an analytical system which collects, analyses and enables informed decision making, needs to be in place.
Variance analysis: Agrisol Farm Management Information System has a module for variance analysis. At the end of growing period such analysis is crucial in ascertaining deviation from the planned and it helps in making sound informed decision
Reports generation various reports are produced as per cost centre which includes report on cost, activities done, harvest stocked, sales made as well as labour
Agrisol Farm Management Information System will help farmesr engage in strategic, tactical and operational planning. It also works towards a much higher degree in organization, assessment and optimization of performed work on the fields. The farmer becomes equipped with a tool which puts all of his field work and paperwork under unified control simpler than ever.