Ag supply chain traceability boost to keep us ahead

7 July 2020

Australia’s status as one of the world’s most trusted sources of clean, green and safe produce will be enhanced even further through a $4 million agricultural supply chain traceability boost.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says 16 projects are sharing in the funding under the first round of the Australian Government’s $7 million Traceability Grants Program.

“Modern, accurate, and timely traceability systems help provide even stronger assurances to our trading partners and consumers about the safety and quality of our fantastic produce,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Our current traceability systems meet the needs of our trading partners and consumers. 

“Funding these projects provides an opportunity to enhance these systems and increase our competitive advantage and market share in international markets.

“The 16 successful applicants are developing some very exciting technologies which all aim to boost traceability in the agricultural supply chain which in turn strengthens trust in Australian produced products.

“One of the projects will deliver an app to enable real time tracking of animals from the farm to their destination and provides access to information about those animals to those along the chain who require it.

“The funding will support the development of a digital farming platform to trace Indigenous foods throughout the supply chain to assist with provenance and indigenous culture claims. 

“Another project involves the trial of technology to trace fresh produce through export supply chains, with the melon industry used as a pilot.

“We are also investing in work that will strengthen traceability in the Australian egg industry through the provision of software tools and training.

“Effective traceability systems are critical for growth in our access to export markets.

“It’s important we respond to demand from consumers domestically and internationally for greater transparency and real time convenience around the origins and safety of agricultural products in modern digital marketplaces.”

The Traceability Grants Program is part of the Modernising Agricultural Trade agenda announced by the Australian Government to support the target of a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030.

The $7 million program will run over a minimum of two rounds from now until June 2023.