By Vijay J. | 27 March 2020
Agriculture industry plays a vital role in improving local as well as national economies in a large number of countries across the world. However, poor agricultural planning and management are among the most important aspects that most stakeholders in the industry, including farmers as well as procurement companies and exporters, are failing to focus on.
Without proper agricultural planning as well as management of resources, as farmers may fail to meet the increasing demand for food, globally, it will be equally challenging for exporters and procurement companies to run a profitable business.
This article focuses on why agriculture planning and farm management is highly essential for procurement and export companies in the agriculture industry. The article also sheds light on the planning module of FarmERP - world’s most trusted farm management platform, and how this feature can help agricultural exporters and procurement firms in planning and managing their businesses for more profitable outcomes.
Producing food in higher quantities so as to match the potential rise in its demand by 2050 is becoming more challenging every year. The intensity of agricultural challenges posed by various products such as climate change, water scarcity, and increasing food safety concerns, is aggravating with time. This is ultimately, making the task of bolstering the quantities of agricultural produce while maintaining high profitability a Guardian knot for the industry.
Meanwhile, the pressure on businesses as well as governing bodies associated with the agriculture industry is also growing due to the rising impact of commercial activities in the environment. Governments and policymakers are paying more attention than ever towards the resource as well as environmental implications of various agricultural activities, such as ever-increasing consumption, production, and distribution of agri-based products.
While these issues obviously impact farmer producer companies, coercing them into changing their farming techniques and farm management systems, these challenges appear to have ramifications for the entire supply chain of the agriculture industry.
Along with farming companies, procurement and exporter companies are facing similar issues of managing their businesses effectively amidst the aforementioned challenges. This is heightening the need for an highly efficient agriculture management system that enables them to make their business activities more productive and profitable than ever.
With the increasing competition and development needs of the modern agriculture industry, management of various procurement and export practices including procurement, processing, storage of perishables, packing, shipping, and logistics, is becoming more complicated than anybody could ever imagine.
While they are tackling various business management issues, agricultural procurement and export companies need to identify the importance of farm planning and farm management and its role in streamlining various business activities at every phase of business. Thereby, effective farm management and farm planning is becoming an indispensable part of business operations for procurement and exporter companies.
FarmERP is the world's most trusted farm management platform, and its state-of-the-art agriculture planning and agriculture management features can help procurement companies and exporters of agri-based products to manage and boost their businesses in the modern agriculture industry.
Here are five important agriculture planning strategies for procurement and exporter companies in this industry, that explain how FarmERP - a leading farm management platform, can enable them to efficiently plan their business activities.
Based on the sales plan finalized by the sales and marketing teams of procurement and agricultural exporter companies, stakeholders first need to get a complete view of current production and procurement activities taking place across various plants at different locations.
FarmERP’s planning module offers a Task Calendar feature that enables managers to view all the tasks planned, pending, partially completed, fully completed, cancelled, and the tasks that are pending for allocation.
Using this feature, procurement managers can improve their understanding of the current status of business activities. This can ultimately help them in more effective planning of tasks that must be undertaken in the near future to sync with the sales plan.
Once the management gets the complete ideas of tasks that are already planned and the ones that need to be planned, the next important task that must be planned well is the crop budget. Depending on the budgets allocated for various procurement and export activities, such as sales, harvest, and production budgets, procurement companies can plan budgets going to minute levels such as crop budgets.
FarmERP offers them a crop budget feature in its planning module, which can help them understand the budgets they can allocate for the production of each crop, which mainly depends on the customer requirements. This can not only help them procurement and exporter companies to manage their finances effectively, but also enable them to plan and use their resources more efficiently.
While budget and task planning plays an important role in farm management, crop schedule can prove equality vital for procurement and exporter companies to maintain a supply-demand balance. FarmERP offers a Crop Schedule feature in its planning module that helps procurement and export managers to plan a precise crop schedule along with detailed instructions for task managers.
FarmERP covers all the minute processes involved in the entire agricultural supply chain, and its Crop Schedule Application feature enables task managers from procurement companies to keep track of the production activities. FarmERP also offers third party logins at various other modules for procurement and distribution partners of farming companies to keep updated with the crop schedule application activities planned according to the sales plan of procurement and exporter companies.
Planning of various business activities for procurement and exporter companies mainly depends on reverse tracking of various operations in the supply chain. Right from production, procurement, storage, to logistics, all the business operations are reverse tracked based on the sales plan of the company. Taking this into consideration, FarmERP offers a feature called Activity Plan, which enables managers to devise an activity plan by assigning distinct tasks to the respective team managers and streamline all business activities to sync with the crop schedule, budget, and the ultimate sales plan.