Nothing tastes better than fresh and healthy crops harvested at the optimal time of maturity. Some people can’t resist sweet strawberries or peaches, while others can’t imagine their breakfast without a bowl of nutritious cereals. On the other hand, there are also many fans of various colorful vegetables cooked like a meal or served as a fresh salad. Tastes are different, but one thing is sure, most people would like to know the origin of their food.
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What Is Food Traceability
Today, the interest in food traceability systems is increasing throughout the world. Farmers are faced with strong pressure from the food industry to ensure customers’ insight into a complete production process. The end consumers are not the only ones who would like to know what they eat. More and more food providers are openly discussing public health taking priority and calling for further digitalization of farming processes and traceability requirements. Essentially every stakeholder in the food supply chain today is having to consider incorporating food traceability software.
Food Traceability in Regard to Food Safety
Food transparency also plays a key role in the agricultural supply chain. Monitoring agronomic practices and the use of pesticides to ensure compliance with food quality and safety standards is essential for food distributors, food processors and agricultural cooperatives.
Although all farmers can benefit from ensuring food traceability, organic producers are the ones who get the best of food transparency.
Importance of Showcasing Production Efforts
Behind every produced crop, there is a serious effort in working hours of people and machinery, and tracking of raw materials used to secure the largest and most successful yield. Providing track and trace solutions and transparency of the entire production process from field to fork usually includes providing information about the complete production cycle for certain foods. This includes details from a field location to detailed usage of farm materials. Some food producers showcase their production efforts directly to end consumers or other subjects of the agricultural supply chain. There are two reasons why farmers benefit from providing traceability solutions for the entire production process:
- Achieving added value of farm products; by providing an insight into a complete production process, farmers can ensure a stronger market position and higher crop prices.
- Ensuring compliance to food quality and safety standards; by showcasing all farm practices and detailed recordkeeping requirements about the use of agrochemicals by crop and field, farmers can ensure compliance with various food quality and safety standards.
Reducing Losses Due to Product Recalls
Production traceability is incredibly important when it comes to managing business risks and reducing financial losses due to product recalls in the food chain. No one want’s to go through a food recall disaster. Having a complete insight into all food production practices enables food manufacturers to isolate products, maintain food traceability lists and tackle product recalls head-on.
AGRIVI provides complete production traceability through compliance reporting that allows transparent insight into all farm practices thus allowing anyone to trace food from the source. Traceability-based dashboards support decision-making for critical activities such as determining the harvesting period in which crops are safe for harvest and will not contain any pesticide residues.
Read more about how you can avoid product recalls ahead of time and reduce your financial exposure.
Extra Benefits for Organic Producers
Although all farmers can benefit from ensuring food traceability, organic producers are the ones who get the best of food transparency. Like a reward that comes for higher work efforts, ensuring food traceability enables organic producers to stand out from the mass. That way, they can justify higher crop prices because end customers can see a serious work effort behind every organically produced crop.
By showcasing their production processes, organic farmers also provide proof that they used only organic products. There are consumers, as well as food companies and agricultural collaboratives, who buy only organic products. For this reason, having the possibility to provide simple evidence of their organic practices can be something that directly affects farmers’ possibility to survive on the market.
Digitalization of Production as a Solution for Easier Traceability
Digital agriculture provides numerous possibilities for farmers. One of them is ensuring easier production traceability. Farmers who manage their production using digital agriculture technologies, such as AGRIVI Farm Management Software, have the opportunity to generate Traceability Reports for their crop production. In just a few clicks, farmers can produce a QR code that leads to the certificate page on the AGRIVI platform and contains the following information:
- Plant nutrients – Easily find out fertilizer elements that a farmer has used to make the plants grow.
- Crop protection – Take a look at used active substances and find out if the product is organic or not.
- Energy & effort – Appreciate the work of a farmer and understand how many man and machinery hours were needed to produce that fruit or vegetable, or how much water was used.
- Produce nutrients – Learn the nutrient values of the produce, and how many proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins it contains.
- Gallery – Scout the location of fields where the produce was grown. See photos of the growing process and how it was really grown.
Along with features like inventory management, purchase orders, spreadsheets, and even real-time weather data AGRIVI provides traceability not only for farmers but also for food processing companies.
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