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 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?
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