We have seen in the last few decades the progress of information technology with leaps and bounds, changing the way of life on the planet. Technology has changed the established working practice , opened new vistas and provided a platform to connect. It offers an opportunity to introduce new activities, new services and applications into rural areas or to enhance existing services.
Here are at Syecomp Business Services in Ghana, we believe the present revolution in agriculture calls for massive investment in technological innovations and practices to spur agricultural growth, improve productivity and increase the income and livelihood of farmers especially at the bottom of the pyramid. With over 60% of the Ghanaian population making a living by means of agriculture, which account for an estimated 37% of Ghana’s Gross Domestic product (GDP), the company has identified a niche and is providing essential consultancy services to this effect. The company, which is almost two years in operation, strives to implement market-driven information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to address the limited access to marketing outlets for smallholder farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural value chain from the farm-gate to the market.
The company utilises the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology with the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) tools, Garmin Etrex GPS and Trimble GPS and Digitized Base Map, to provide an array of farmland surveying and mapping services. Our clients include smallholder rice farmers, horticultural farmers, food processing companies, Ghana Agricultural Associations Business and Information Center (GAABIC), Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association of Ghana (VEPEAG), individuals and corporate clients.
We conceptualised that for increased competitiveness of the agricultural produce from Ghana’s farmlands, there have to be value additions and strengthening of market potentials of local crop yields to be attractive to foreign and larger markets. To this end, we provide professional farmland geospatial mapping services using the GIS technology to increase competitiveness and minimize poor production planning. The significance of the GIS surveying and mapping service is to help establish the spatial locations and concentration of fruits and vegetable farms; determine supply base of producing firms and establish a system for traceability and precision production for the farmers. It is our conviction that our professional consultancy services will go a long way to address the numerous constraints faced by farmers with regards to dispersion of farms and lack of clear data for production planning, monitoring and targeting which results in : inability to forecast yields on farm; inaccurate assessment of supply base; over-estimation of farm sizes, over-paying for labour and other services; and finally, difficulties in resource allocation and targeting of small-scale producers for assistance and support.
Aside the farmland mapping services, the company periodically provides contractual services in mapping of crops, pests, and diseases for various stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
It is a truism that our service is making a huge positive impact on the farming activities of smallholder farmers in the country. If you are a farmer in need of information technology service to enhance your productivity, always call on us! To youth farmers, we have special packages for you guys. Always at your service!! bigups!