Grow­com col­umn

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News - PAT HAN­NAN Grow­com CEO

Smart chips will be used to track de­liv­er­ies and pro­vide fruit and veg­etable grow­ers with data re­lat­ing to the con­trol of their pro­duce while in tran­sit. — Pat Han­nan

NORTH­ERN Aus­tralian grow­ers are set to ben­e­fit from new sup­ply chain tech­nol­ogy to im­prove qual­ity as­sur­ance thanks to a col­lab­o­ra­tive project be­tween Grow­com and Co-oper­a­tive Re­search Cen­tre for De­vel­op­ing North­ern Aus­tralia.

As a hor­ti­cul­ture rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Grow­com is proud to be a part of the col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The ini­tia­tive is cham­pi­oning in­no­va­tion in the mango in­dus­try that will have a di­rect and ma­te­rial im­pact on farm­ers and their pro­duce.

The Smart Sup­ply Chains project will run over the next two years, com­pris­ing a to­tal project value of $830,000 with $300,000 in fund­ing from the CRC.

Grow­com is work­ing closely with the CRC, based in Townsville, and agtech provider T-Prove­nance to im­prove sup­ply chain ef­fi­cien­cies and re­duce pres­sure on farm­ers in en­sur­ing food safety and qual­ity.

The Smart Sup­ply Chains project will utilise a com­bi­na­tion of sen­sor tech­nol­ogy and new blockchain tech­nol­ogy to en­sure food safety, food qual­ity, food trace­abil­ity and au­then­tic­ity within the sup­ply chain.

Smart chips will be used to track de­liv­er­ies and pro­vide fruit and veg­etable grow­ers with data re­lat­ing to the con­trol of their pro­duce while in tran­sit.

The de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy will have ma­jor ap­pli­ca­tions for north­ern Aus­tralian farm­ers and cre­ate further de­mand for north­ern Aus­tralian pro­duce.

As part of the project, Grow­com will be work­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the mango in­dus­try to im­prove farm gate pro­duc­tion.

It’s an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity that has the chance to im­mensely ben­e­fit grow­ers and their po­ten­tial to ex­port their pro­duce do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The sys­tem could re­duce the amount of re­jected fruit by up to 30 per cent, by help­ing all par­ties un­der­stand and im­prove the sup­ply chain, from the farm gate to dis­trib­u­tor to re­tailer.

Grow­com will con­tinue to work closely with the CRC to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of grow­ers in North­ern Aus­tralia and un­lock po­ten­tial for a smarter sup­ply chain that boosts fi­nan­cial re­turn for pre­mium qual­ity pro­duce.

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IN­NO­VA­TION: New tech­nol­ogy will help im­prove mango grow­ers’ sup­ply chains.

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