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Future and even current European farmers are experiencing that the managerial tasks for arable farming are shifting to a new paradigm, requiring increased attention to economic viability and the interaction with the surroundings. To this end, an integration of information systems is needed to advise managers of formal instructions, recommended guidelines and documentation requirements for various decision making processes. In the EU funded project Future Farm, a new model and prototype of a new Farm Information Management System (FMIS) which meets these changing requirements will be developed. The aim of the work presented in this paper is to define and analyse the system boundaries and relevant decision processes for such a novel FMIS as a prerequisite for a dedicated information modelling. The boundaries and scope of the system are described in terms of actors and functionalities, where actors are entities interfacing with the system (e.g. managers, software, databases). In order to analyse the complex and soft systems situations of how to develop an effective FMIS, which effectively meets farmers’ changing needs a conceptual model was developed based on Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) and based on information derived from four pilot farms representing diverse conditions across the EU that
are partners of the Future Farm project. The system components were depicted as part of rich pictures and linked to the subsequent derived conceptual model of the overall system as an outline for the development of the specific FMIS requirements. This research has shown the benefit of using dedicated system analysis methodologies as a preliminary step to the actual design of a novel farm management information system compared with other more rigid and activity oriented system analysis methods.
Title page i
Approval Page iii
Table of Contents vii
List of Figures viii
List of Tables
1.0 Introduction 1
1.1 Introduction/Background of the study 1
1.2 Statement of Problem 2
1.3 Objective/Purpose of the Study 2
1.4 Significant of Study 3
1.5 Scope of the Study 4
1.6 Limitation of the Study 4
1.7 Methodology 4
1.8 Project Layout/ Plan of Study 4
1.9 Definition of Terms 5
2.0 Literature review 7
2.1 Introduction 7
2.2 An overview of Farm management information system (FMIS) 8
2.3 Concept of management information systems (MIS) 9
2.4 The theory of Farm management 10
2.4.1 Farm system theory 11
2.4.2 Theory of Management by Objectives 12
2.5 The Practice of Farm management 13
2.5.1 Farm system Approach 13
2.5.2 Management by Objectives 14
2.6 The benefits of Farm management information system (FMIS) 15
2.7 Diversity of European agriculture 16
3.0 Methodology, System analysis and Design 18
3.1 Methodology 18
3.2 Choice of Methodology 18
3.2.1 Structured Interviews 18
3.2.2 Questionnaire 19
3.2.3 Others 19
3.3 An overview of the existing system 19
3.4 Problems of the existing system 20
3.5 The New system 20
3.6 Justification of the new system 20
3.7 Choice of Programming Language 21
3.8 Data Flow Diagram 21
3.9 Input Analysis and Design 22
4.0 System Analysis and Implementation 24
4.1 System Design 24
4.1.1 Program Design 24
4.2 Documentation 36
4.2.1 System Documentation 36
4.2.2 Program Documentation 37
4.2.3 User Documentation 37
22.214.171.124 Background and Start up Form 38
126.96.36.199 Create Account Form 38
188.8.131.52 Manager and Cashier Login Form 38
184.108.40.206 Update Account Form 38
220.127.116.11 Hen Inventory Form 38
18.104.22.168 Egg Inventory Form 38
22.214.171.124 Farm Inventory Form 39
126.96.36.199 Sales Form 39
188.8.131.52 Print Receipt Form 40
184.108.40.206 Daily Sold Form 40
220.127.116.11 Telemedicine Form 40
18.104.22.168 Report Form 40
4.3 Database Design 41
4.3.1 Database Schema 41
4.3.2 Database Table 41
4.4 System Requirement 43
4.4.1 Hardware Requirement 43
4.4.2 Software Requirement 44
5.0 Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation 45
5.1 Summary 45
5.2 Conclusion 45
5.3 Recommendation 46
1.1 Introduction/Background of the study
A farm Management Information System (FMIS) is a system for managing the inventory of the farm. The term ‘’inventory’’ is used to refers to the farm working tools associated with the running of farm activities.
Farm Management Information System (FMIS) is also the program or software developed to describe the various on-farm programs and to assist farmers in managing their enterprise, natural resources, inventories, animals etc.
In today’s dynamic world everything is changing very radically; and as the 21st century dawns, revolutionary changes are also beginning to challenge the business and marketing world. To cope with the increasing competition and uncertainty, companies need to take advantage of the information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) to deal with the demanding challenges faced when carrying out their day to day activities, 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 FMIS when it comes to operation of their business, despite the increasing professionalism in the agricultural sector and its increasing usage of IT technologies.
Productivity gains in the agricultural industries have historically been driven by the adoption of new technical products and processes. It has been the realm of extension to make sure that farmers hear about these processes and technologies, and usually it has been State governments who have funded the extension effort. With the rapid increase in the complexity of the technology of farming, there is now a recognized need to improve the skills and education of our farmers – the human capital of agriculture. The Internet is changing the way society accesses and processes information. Farmers now have access to a wide range of information
about many aspects of their farming systems, but it is often thought by scientists and extension specialists that many lack the skills necessary to use that information to improve their farm profitability and sustainability through technical innovation.
1.2 Statement of Problem
It is very unfortunate that the technology potentials have not been fully or even adequately realized in the field of farm management information. Very little farm managers has grabbed this powerful it opportunities. This has put managers and researchers behind.
Some of the problems that farm managers faces are as follows:-
1.3 Objective / Purpose of the study
The objective that led to this research work is basically to expose the Nigeria farmers in general and especially MOSAD ANIMAL CARE farmer manager with the effective, efficient, accurate and timely form of management information system.
The objectives or purposes of this study are as follows:-
1.4 Significant of Study
This Project provides an alternative to the manual method of keeping farm records and products so as to drastically reduce the error which is normally associated with manual record, Farm Management Information System (FMIS) is also very significant in recording of sales of business activities because the return on investment and benefits to farm business in the area of stocks processing, accountability and accurate data collation for effective management of the farm business.
Furthermore, it will totally eliminate the inherent problem which will in turn bring about immense cash value to Mosad Animal Care and to all farm managers in Nigeria. It will definitely expose and enlighten the staff and managers of farm in NPAPSCE on what they supposed to know about their management.
Though the study is restricted to Mosad Animal Care, however, the result of the findings will let of immense benefits to all Nigeria farm managers and as well to students conducting similar research work on the same or related topics.
1.5 Scope of the Study
This project covers the farm management and information for Farm firms, the software development will cover the record keeping of sales, keeping track and managing of inventories and farm product of Mosad Animal Care.
1.6 Limitation of the Study
This farm management and information program is windows based Application which can work on windows environment like windows XP, windows 7 and windows 8 platform.
This project is based on the animal aspect of the farming processes and not the crop aspect.
Also based on the research carried out using (case study) as a case study the system can only work for (case study) and any other farm that their operation is like that of (case study)
The source from which the necessary data were elicited for carryout this research work is basically from primary source.
The researcher underwent a thorough interview, the farm manager Mr. Soji Mosadomi was interviewed and she was kind enough to respond to the interview questions. Finally, information were elicited from the observation techniques during the investigation, web browsing and research from library textbooks.
1.8 Project Layout
The introduction of the project, statement of the problem, significance of study, objective and purpose of study, scope of the study, limitation of the project, methodology of study and definition of terms are all contained and discussed in Chapter one.
Chapter two discusses the literature review, overview of Farm management information system, concept of management information systems, theory of farm management, farm system theory, theory of management by objectives, the practice of farm management, farm system approach, management by objectives, benefits of farm management information system and diversity of European agriculture.
Chapter three contains the methodology, system analyses and design used in carrying out the project.
Chapter four contains the system design and implementation of the project.
Chapter five gives a summary, conclusion on the project with recommendations for further work.
1.9 Definition of Terms