Impact of FMS in the SCM during Covid-19 Crisis
The shift from the traditional agricultural methods to modern farming practices in alternative agribusiness activity is driving the demand for Climate-Smart Farming System. Thus Farmsio has come up with the customizable Farm Management Software to enable Digital Agriculture Supply Chain Management Visibility and Transparency during the Covid-19 Crisis.
Farmsio Agro Supply Chain Management Solutions are primarily concerned about the flow of material, funds, and information across the value chain from the farm producer, till it is consumed by the consumer with the proper value addition at the different stages of the Agriculture supply chain.
Components of Agriculture Supply Chain Management?
In the Agri-business, Supply Chain Management (SCM) implies managing the relationships between the businesses responsible for the efficient production, value addition and supply of products from the farm producing organization level to the consumers to meet consumers’ requirements and stay reliable in terms of quantity, quality, and price.
Extensive pre-planning and coordination are required up and down the entire value chain to affect key control processes such as forecasting, purchase scheduling, production and processing programming, sales promotion, and new market and product launches, etc.
Intelligent Agri Supply Chain Visibility & Transparency
Today’s Digital information-driven, integrated supply chains are enabling AgriTech organizations to reduce production costs, increase product value, extend resources, accelerate time to market, and retain customers.
The real measure of supply chain success is how well activities coordinate across the supply chain to create value for consumers while increasing the profitability of every link in the supply chain. In other words, supply chain management is the integrated process of producing value for the end-user or ultimate consumer.
1. Optimizing Inventory Cost & Response Time:
Early processing-based supply chain management success included improved relationships between warehousing and transportation within companies as a result of reduced inventory and better response time to customer requests for products and services Transparency.
2. Logistics Stage:
Supply chain management then entered a logistics stage where other functional areas within companies joined forces to incorporate Food Production, procurement, processing, transportation, distribution, and marketing to effectively compete in the marketplace.
3. Digital Data Interface
This stage was aided by the use of telecommunications, electronic data interface, and other technological advances that made the transfer of information more transparent across the functional areas between the farmer and FPO’s till the maximisation of customer values.
Transparency and Visibility in Agriculture Supply Chain Management
Grading and Certification
Info flow on Price
Transparency and Visibility in Agriculture Supply Chain Management
The global FMS is estimated to grow tremendously during the COVID -19 lockdown crisis. During this period Food processors, crop aggregators, input suppliers, and other agribusinesses are essential to ensuring that farmers have access to markets, seeds and seedlings, fertilizer, tools, services, and capital. Refer Article.
The growth of the Farm Management Software as a tool is driven by the important factors called – Market challenges.
“FMS like Farmsio will be able to manage the challenges”
The most common market challenges during the pandemic crisis were low market price and difficulty in finding the buyer. This was often linked to disruptions in transportation, food safety, the closure of certain markets, and the slowdown of operations at packhouses and other uncertainties in the agribusinesses activities amid social distancing.
How Farmsio uses Modern Technology in adopting the Challenges and Transformation in the Value Chain?
Government Departments and Agro Development Agencies support farmers and FPO’s to encourage the adoption of Modern Digital Agricultural technologies such as the Software Application – “Farm Management Software -FMS”, operated through Internet Of Things to do the agricultural survey, monitor and evaluate the crop health, focus on livestock productivity, and increase the farm efficiency overall market connectivity across the value chain.
Overcoming these challenges requires finding innovative ways to support the market linkage. We’ve seen great success in harnessing digital tools to facilitate transactions to link producers and purchasers of agricultural products.
Coordinated Smart Farming – Agricultural Supply Chains
Coordinated supply chainsinvolve structured relationships among producers, traders, processors, and buyers whereby detailed specifications are provided as to what and how much to produce, the time of delivery, quality and safety conditions, and price. These relationships often involve exchanges of information and sometimes assistance with technology and finance. Coordinated supply chains fit well with the logistical requirements of modern food markets, especially those for fresh and processed perishable foods. These chains can be used for process control of safety and quality and are more effective and efficient than control only at the end of the supply chain.
How does Farmsio Farm Management Software help to Overcome Supply Chain Constraints?
Farmsio FMS is designed and developed to help Farm producers overcome the challenges involved in the pre and pro harvest and agro supply and demand. Farmsio is continuously working with farmer producer organizations in Asia and Africa that have traditional aggregated crops from smallholder farmers. Amid rising costs to transport their farm produce during the pandemic, we helped these farmer-run businesses aggregate demand for agricultural outputs.
Transporting the Farm Produce – Mandi Route & Retail Route
With Farmsio Farm Management Software, the growers are required to follow certain specifications and are often provided with inputs and Agro technical advice about agronomic and post-harvest practices.
Effective Market Linkage Solution – From the Production to Sales
Registered Farmer intimate about their farm produces that is ready for the harvest through the Climate-smart farming mobile app. Web Admin will intimate to the field officer about the appropriate harvest date. Once the harvest has been made, the bags are labelled with a unique identification number for better Food traceability to ensure food safety.
Since there are hundreds and thousands of small farm holders under every farmer group managed by a single or multiple FPO entities. There prevails a rush in supplying farm produce at the collection point.
To avoid wastage of food and reduce the unpredicted waiting time at the collection centres, Farmsio has come up with a custom-made solution. That is “allocate and schedule a dedicated date and time” based on the crop harvest date for the individual small farm holder to deliver the products at the collection centre.
Allocating a scheduled time for the individual farmer will help to scale down the rush hour during the pandemic.
Agro Business is a Dynamic Market, In which buying habits, markets, and trends change overnight. Market Dynamics of the trade call for far-reaching infrastructure and expertise for our products to move from origination to destination.
We at Farmsio have an in-depth understanding of the market and our skilled personnel and systems are able to monitor the movement to meet the demands of our customers.
Farmsio is expertized at Agriculture Supply Chain Management Solutions. Our Farm Management Software has been developed over the time-tested period bringing about efficiency in movement and cost optimization across all Agro Produce and products.
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Hi, I find this blog quite informative about the role of Farm management Software in Supply Chain Management to mitigate the post-harvest – transportation losses caused due to unpredictable climatic conditions. Good Job