Mohd Shahrul Nizam Mohd Danuri, Mohd Sazili Shahibi, Rohizah Abd Rahman


This paper introduces the process of developing web application of farm management information system (FMIS) for smallholder farmers in Malaysia by using rapid application development (RAD) prototyping methodology in information system research design. FMIS is important ICT solution to assist smallholder farmer to be more competitive in agriculture. The web application requirement determined through extraction process using physical data-driven design system from Malaysia Good Agriculture Practise (MyGAP) physical forms. Additionally, the functions and features of the system were determined through several questionnaires which were distributed to 209 smallholder farmers located in Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan (TKPM) in Selangor. Selangor agricultural area together with smallholders farmers were chosen as respondents because Selangor is the highest internet penetration state in Malaysia. Subsequently, the design and analysis of FMIS are constructed by us including the database design, data flow design, system flow design and software development which was validated by two other experienced system analysts. The software development process were using PHP web development tool called Scriptcase version 8 which were taking less than 2 months to be completed. Furthermore, we also made a comparative study of an existing system available in the market to give additional competitive value to the new development of FMIS in Malaysia. The final developed FMIS is accessible through the official MyAgris website. 


Farm management information system, prototype development, application requirement, good agricultural practice

Full Text:



Vermeulen, S. and L. Cotula. 2010. Making The Most Of Agricultural Investment: A Survey Of Business Models That Provide Opportunities For Smallholders. London/Rome/Bern: IIED/FAO/IFAD/SDC.

Ministry of Agriculture. 2011. Dasar Agromakanan Negara 2011-2020.

Department of Agriculture. 2013. Rekod Ladang dan Panduan Mengisi Rekod Ladang: MyGAP (Malaysian Good Agricultural Practice).

Lewis, T. 1998. Evolution Of Farm Management Information Systems. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 19: 233-248.

Blackie, M. J. 1976. Management Information Systems For The Individual Farm Firm. Agricultural Systems. 1: 23-36.

Fountas, S., G. Carli, C. G. Sørensen, Z. Tsiropoulos, C. Cavalaris, A. Vatsanidou, B. Liakos, M. Canavari, J. Wiebensohn, and B. Tisserye. 2015. Farm Management Information Systems: Current Situation And Future Perspectives. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 115: 40-50

Barmpounakis, S., A. Kaloxylos, A. Groumas, L. Katsikas, V. Sarris, K. Dimtsa, and F. Fournier. 2015. Management And Control Applications In Agriculture Domain Via A Future Internet Business-To-Business Platform. Information Processing in Agriculture. 2: 51-63.

Nakasone, E., M. Torero, and B. Minten. 2014. The Power of Information: The ICT Revolution in Agricultural Development. Annu. Rev. Resour. Econ. 6: 533-550.

Ogutu, S., J. Okello, and D. Otiena. 2014. Impact of Information and Communication Technology-Based Market Information Services on Smallholder Farm Input Use and Productivity: The Case of Kenya. World Development. 64: 311-321.

Sørensen, C. G., S. Fountas, E. Nash, L. Pesonen, D. Bochtis, S. M. Pedersen, B. Basso, and S. B. Blackmore. 2010. Conceptual Model Of A Future Farm Management Information System. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 72: 37-47.

Lawson, L. G., S. M. Pedersen, C. G. Sørensen, L. Pesonen, S. Fountas, A. Werner, F. W. Oudshoorn, L. Herold, T. Chatzinikos, I. M. Kirketerp, and S. Blackmore. 2011. A Four Nation Survey Of Farm Information Management And Advanced Farming Systems: A Descriptive Analysis Of Survey Responses. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 77: 7-20.

Sørensen, C. G., L. Pesonen, D. D. Bochtis, S. G. Vougioukas, and P. Suomi. 2011. Functional Requirements For A Future Farm Management Information System. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 76: 266-276.

Husemann C. and N. Novković. 2014. Farm Management Information Systems: A Case Study on a German Multifunctional Farm. Economics of Agriculture. 61(2): 441-453.

Selangor’s Department of Agriculture. 2012. Kisah Kejayaan Usahawan TKPM Selangor 2012.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). 2012. Communications & Multimedia Pocket Book of Statistics: Q4 2012.

Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU). 2011. Economic Transformation Programme: A Roadmap for Malaysia.

Martin, J. 1991. Rapid Application Development. Macmillan Publishing Company.

Avison, D. E. and G. Fitzgerald. 1995. Information Systems Development: Methodologies, Techniques and Tools.

Rob, P. and C. Coronel. 2007. Database Systems: Design, Implementation, and Management. 7th ed.

Denne, M. and J. Cleland-Huang. 2004. The Incremental Funding Method - A Data Driven Approach to Software Development. IEEE Software. 21(3): 39-47.

Mahmood, M. A. 1987. System Development Comparative Investigation. MIS Quarterly. 11(3): 293-311.

Hoffer, J. A., J. F. George, and J. S. Valacich. 1999. Modern Systems Analysis and Design. 2nd ed.

Uphoff, N. 2012. Empowerment of Farmers through ICT.

Wasson, C. S. 2005. System Analysis, Design, and Development Concepts, Principles, and Practices.

Crinnion, J. 1992. The Evolutionary Development of Business Systems. IEE Colloquium Software Prototyping and Evolutionary Development. Savoy Place, London. Nov 1992.



  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright © 2012 Penerbit UTM Press, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Disclaimer : This website has been updated to the best of our knowledge to be accurate. However, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused by the usage of any information obtained from this web site.
Best viewed: Mozilla Firefox 4.0 & Google Chrome at 1024 × 768 resolution.