Near Field Communications (NFC) tags to manage and track bananas are currently being deployed in a first-of-its-kind application by the Da K’Nang Laba Banana Cooperative in Vietnam.
Bananas are an important part of the agricultural economy in Vietnam. Production has increased more than 3% each year over the past several decades. Bananas are a multi-billion-dollar market, and Vietnamese farmers have steadily been increasing exports to countries like Japan and China.
Traditionally, bananas (and other fruits) have been difficult to track and manage in the supply chain. However, new technology is emerging that can help improve production and provide greater visibility.
Since the Cooperative was formed in October 2018, Da K’Nang has grown from seven farming households to 40 in early 2020. The cooperative grows bananas on 200 hectares of land. The Cooperative is working with a partner to ship Laba bananas to Japan as part of a five-year agreement.
The Cooperative will handle harvesting, processing, packaging and exporting the bananas. Managing and tracking such a high volume of fruit is challenging. To help, the Japanese partner is providing the cooperative with electronic chips to monitor banana plant development across 50 hectares of land.
Da K’Nang’s Japanese partner is working with a Tokyo-based technology firm, Aquabit Spirals, to provide Confidex NFC tags and mobile applications for managing and monitoring the bananas. Aquabit chose the Confidex Ironside Micro NFC tag for the application.