The agricultural industry is the backbone of most economies, providing food and raw materials for various industries. However, despite its importance, it is plagued by a lack of quality data that affects all stakeholders, from farmers to input suppliers, distributors, buyers, manufacturers, cooperatives, development agencies, financial institutions, insurance to governments. This broken system has led to tragic consequences for farmers, agro-dealers and other Agricultural stakeholders alike, as they are unable to secure loans or investments due to unreliable records that fail to persuade lenders and investors.
Extension officers and other MSMEs , in particular, face significant challenges as they lack proper devices and information, relying instead on traditional methods. The use of notebooks for record keeping is common among most of them, making it difficult for extension officers to monitor their farmers progress. Warehouse owners also face challenges in determining the value of farmers' produce, particularly in markets, due to the use of notebooks for record keeping.
The absence of appropriate repayment models and reluctance to lend to farmers has also led to losses for insurance companies, financial institutions, and input funds when lending to farmers. Moreover, crop off takers, exporters, and manufacturing companies that rely on raw materials from farmers are struggling to acquire the produce they require to meet their quality standards and quantities. This is because of the lack of easily accessible data about farmers, such as their location, crop type, stage of production, inputs used, harvest timing, and yields.
As a result, buyers cannot obtain traceability reports, and farmers face market challenges not because of a lack of demand, but rather because there is a mismatch between the quantities and quality they produce and the needs of the market. This mismatch is due to a lack of communication between farmers and buyers from the start of the farming season until harvest time. Most of the products grown and harvested end up in local markets, with the remainder used as food for the farmer and more than 40% going to waste as post-harvest losses.
The government is also struggling to obtain accurate and clean data on the entire agricultural supply chain, which impacts all stakeholders involved in agriculture. This includes information on crop production from each farmer, the movement of their produce until it is sold, input suppliers, sales made by input suppliers, the types of inputs sold, crop distributors, warehouse owners, and the value and quantity of storage in each warehouse. Additionally, data is needed on crops transported to factories, factory production, cooperative associations, the production of each member (farmer), large and small buyers, the total number of farms cultivated in a given year, how many farms were left uncultivated, and their acreage, among other details.
This lack of quality data has had devastating consequences for farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural industry. The good news is that there is hope on the horizon in the form of MazaoHub's Farm ERP. MazaoHub offers an all-in-one farm management solution to tackle all the aforementioned challenges. By providing each stakeholder with their own account and modules that are specifically designed to assist them in their specific farm business operations, MazaoHub's system reduces their costs, increases efficiency, and ultimately generates valuable data for its users and the government.
MazaoHub is collaborating with various players in the agricultural industry, including development agencies that invest and support agro-dealers, farmers, extension officers, cooperatives, and other MSMEs. MazaoHub's objective is to digitize the core farming business operations of all agricultural stakeholders. Moreover, the system is available as a service to all agricultural stakeholders, and its data can be utilized by the government as well.
Agro-dealers, commercial farmers, and cooperatives are already using MazaoHub to manage their end-to-end farm activities, including finance. MazaoHub's partnership with cooperatives aims to provide services to small-scale farmers who may not have access to the technology and resources needed to manage their farms effectively. Through this collaboration, cooperatives will be able to provide their members with access to MazaoHub's Farm ERP system, enabling them to improve their record-keeping, increase their efficiency, and ultimately improve their profitability.
MazaoHub's Farm ERP system offers a range of features that cater to the needs of small-scale farmers. These include modules for crop planning, input management, financial management, and record-keeping. With these features, small-scale farmers can easily track their expenses, monitor their production, and plan their crops effectively.
Moreover, MazaoHub's system offers farmers access to market information, including market prices, demand trends, and market opportunities. This information can help farmers make informed decisions about what crops to grow, when to sell them, and at what price.
In addition to providing support to small-scale farmers, MazaoHub is also working with agro-dealers and commercial farmers to help them manage their farm operations more efficiently. By digitizing their business processes, agro-dealers and commercial farmers can improve their record-keeping, reduce their costs, and ultimately increase their profitability.
MazaoHub's partnership with agro-dealers and commercial farmers has already yielded positive results. By using MazaoHub's Farm ERP system, these stakeholders have been able to increase their productivity, reduce their post-harvest losses, and access new market opportunities.