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Farmers Market Asia

E Traceability Post

Published on 20th August 2022

Traceability is right now the talk of town in the agricultural industry these days. By definition, traceability is the activity of tracking and identifying a product or service unit through each stage of production, processing, storage, preservation, transportation, distribution and trading.

At present, there are many traceability systems. However, they can be broadly classified into two categories:

  • Paperwork Traceability
  • E- Traceability

Paperwork Traceability is a low cost and easy to implement solution. Major drawbacks include but are not limited to extensive record keeping and documentation, manual data maintenance for extended time periods and physical stock keeping of farm crops, time consuming, subject to human error and manipulation. Quality and quantity of information can easily become misleading and difficult to verify.

Contrast that to the E-Traceability system which provides each product with a QR code, barcode or RFID stamp. By scanning the code with a smartphone (with network connection), consumers and relevant stakeholders can access all information and images of the product. Information is logged into the e traceability system via data inputs. Data is safely stored in the network reducing its chance of being tampered with.

Why should consumers, governments, private sector and relevant stakeholders invest in E traceability?

  • Create and maintain consumer trust: Nowadays, with increasing trends of health awareness, consumer groups are emphasizing on the importance of traceability to ensure food safety. For that it is necessary to know how the food is produced or processed throughout the entire value chain.
  • Reduce and address wastage: Properly tracking products from the farm to consumers also help in eliminating errors so that the products can be packaged and labeled correctly every time. Accurately tracking packaging material inventory also helps the farmer to reorder exactly what he requires and can better assess what kind of packaging works best for storage and sales. He can trace specific products by lot numbers back to contamination points in the event of a recall instead of pulling all the products from the shelf.
  • Improve Productivity and Profitability: Traceability program also helps in making accurate pay allocation processes via the “Piece Rate Calculations” method, which can eventually save money and increase farm profitability. Traceability over time can also aid in yield and overall value chain improvements. Farmers can also make data-driven decisions and develop the best agriculture practices with traceability along with an accurate farm record keeping system.

Demand for E traceability is forecast to witness exponential growth in the coming years. Farmers and suppliers worldwide are increasingly embracing e traceability to remain competitive. Therefore, investment in e traceability will not only rise but also offer generous returns in the future. #Traceability #eTraceability #FMA #Investment

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