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Citrus Australia explores blockchain traceability system

Citrus Australia, the organisation representing Australia’s citrus fruit growers, has commissioned a pilot study to improve traceability using unique digital identifiers on a…

Pessl Instruments GmbH: Corona crisis pushes digitisation of agriculture

"We get more requests every day"

While more and more state governments are opting for curfews and a lack of personnel is causing farmers more and more trouble, digital agricultural systems could offer a way out. After all, the world is changing rapidly in these times of crisis. Gottfried Pessl, managing partner and founder of Pessl Instruments, explains in an interview…

Online platform matches suppliers with consumers in a move to keep the UK supply chain flowing

A new online platform is to be launched this week by the Fresh Produce Consortium as a means of ensuring that the fresh produce supply chain keeps moving across the UK. On Your Doorstep has been set up to provide a free of charge service for suppliers of fresh produce in a move to connect them with…

Indian state of Maharashtra working on Blockchain

The state of Maharashtra has been working on the implementation of blockchain for over two years and the use case identification has been done. There are a number of areas: Supply chain management, vehicle management (RTO), health and agriculture. EC’s Abhishek Raval speaks exclusively to S. V. R.…

MarketBuy partners up with Chill-Chain to help solve logistical challenges

“This is the time to connect people”

As transport becomes more difficult every day, import and export is challenging. Produce gets stuck at ports, or growers are no longer able to find transport for a reasonable…

FruPro

New platform launched to fight UK food waste

In the UK, a new platform has been launched to fight food waste. The platform, called FruPro, provides users with a free, fast and easy way to buy or sell produce with its realtime ‘offer and search’ functionality. FruPro can connect potential buyers with sellers of fresh produce online and, being a…

"The digital divide is very much a real thing"

The Australian technology company helping to bridge the communication gap through off-grid networks

With 43 per cent of Australian farms having little or no mobile coverage, an Australian startup company is out to solve that problem through scalable wireless networks. While founder and CEO of Zetifi, Dan Winson says most of the large-scale trials and sales have been in broadacre cropping and cattle,…

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Technical consultancy at the time of Covid-19: the idea of "video visits"

"For many fruit species, we are in a particularly delicate vegetative moment, a phase in which they need careful and constant technical support. Pruning, post-pruning, flowering, fertigation and foliar nutrition, vegetative recovery, pest control or the classic plant management: these are all aspects…

"It's a bit like a radar used in identifying different aircraft...but it identifies where the bees are"

Radar-like technology used to improve pollination and increase yields in horticultural crops

With poor pollination costing growers millions of dollars each year globally, an Australian startup company has come up with a new innovation to help address the issue. Bee Innovative has developed a radar-like sensor called BeeDar, which is placed under a drone and is able to track bees in a crop of any…

Online tool shows where food crops are grown in US

CropScape is a public user interface for a national land cover geospatial data product called Cropland Data Layer. The National Agricultural Statistics Service released the latest annual CDL at 30 meters resolution on Feb. 5, 2020. The entire archive of historical CDL products are available on CropScape…

technical suppliers deal with new reality

"Remote access a necessity during travel restrictions"

Travel restrictions do not only affect the workers in the greenhouses, but also the suppliers. How to conduct service work when you can't enter a country? What are the effects on shipping costs? And how do you get your machine up and running when you're thousands of kilometers away?  The Canadian technicians…

SazzyFresh and DiMuto join forces

Blockchained fresh produce children's brand launched

SazzyFresh, a fresh produce brand owned by SLS Atelier, has closed a deal with DiMuto, a tech-based trade solutions platform providing end-to-end supply chain visibility for global businesses. Under the agreement, DiMuto will be digitalizing the entire line of SazzyFresh fruits and vegetables on the…

Greg Calvert - FreshChain

“We want consumer traceability to be viewed as an opportunity for the whole fresh food ecosystem"

Real-time paddock to plate traceability in fresh food continues to gather momentum worldwide, enabling retailers, brand owners and exporters to build trust with consumers while mitigating risk if and when things go wrong. Consumers want to know more about their food and are prepared to make buying…

Can AI help mitigate the impact of the weather?

How can you manage the risks created by weather? AI and data modelling are offering new ways to mitigate the impact: bespoke weather forecasting to optimise crop scheduling; a novel way to predict extreme events, and an insurance policy to protect against price volatility are to be discussed at an…

The game-changing technology helping with pest detections

An Australian company is taking the guess-work out of pest management, through real-time information of insect detection in orchards and farms. RapidAIM is the digital pest surveillance and management system for agriculture, using novel patented, low-power sensors that detect the presence of insects in a…

Frigga promotes exceptionally inexpensive single-use USB thermometers

Frigga announced their 4G real-time thermometer last month in Berlin during Fruit Logistica 2020. This month the Frigga team comes with another product for the cold supply…

Citrus Australia to lead a major traceability pilot program

Citrus Australia will head a new traceability pilot program, encouraging better traceability in fruit supply chains. Agriculture Victoria’s Program Manager for Traceability, Caroline Barrett made the announcement of $200,000 of funding from her organisation, to partner Citrus Australia, at the industry's…

Back Picker app aims to connect Australian growers & pickers

It was David Fevaleaki’s upbringing in Robinvale (Victoria), where his parents have worked in table grape and almond farms for over 30 years, that helped him understand the problems surrounding  fruit farms labour hires. David has created the Back Picker app, which will be available on the app store for both…

David Ferrer and Veronika Mangin, AgroFresh:

“We offer a full range of solutions to keep produce fresh”

AgroFresh recently showcased its wide range of innovations for fresh produce at Fruit Logistica, in Berlin, Germany. These included its SmartFresh™, FreshCloud™ Storage Insights and fungicides, waxes and coatings solutions. At the trade show, a food waste meter demonstrated the company's SmartFresh™ and…

Cloud-based procurement platform from Ivalua

Dole chooses Ivalua software to improve direct procurement

Vice President for Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at global food company Dole, Arindam Sengupta, is on a mission. His immediate goal is to eradicate many of the manual,…

Lehmann Natur starts working with Foodware 365

Lehmann Natur is committed to bring organic fruits and vegetables to every single consumer. With the tremendous increase in awareness and demand for organic products and a market that is unable to provide sufficient supply, Lehmann is growing at a rapid pace. "We have realized a very successful growth…

An Australian-based project to increase the use of precision agriculture on vegetable farms

A national project, involving some of Australia's leading farming stakeholders, is focused on improving the adoption of precision agriculture (PA) technologies in vegetable production systems. Queensland's Department for Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has been leading a Hort Innovation funded project…

Frigga's 4G real-time monitor launched at Fruit Logistica

Since the launch of their single-use dry-ice real-time temperature monitor last month, Frigga's cold chain real-time monitoring solution has received positive feedback from…

Pink Lady Europe presents all steps in Commitment Charter

At Fruit Logistica in Berlin, non-profit association Pink Lady Europe presented all the specific steps and actions outlined in the Pink Lady Europe Commitment Charter. The…

Jacco Smid, VDH Products

"New fruit regulator one to one replacement for old systems"

Developments in the digital world are moving rapidly. For VDH products, the manufacturer of measuring and control equipment from Roden, it was therefore time to replace the more than 25-year-old loyal FC-785PC fruit regulator with a regulator from the new generation: the MC2-FC, with more applications…

A smarter factory - connecting buying, sales and production departments

The processing and packaging of bulk agricultural products is labour intensive and error prone. Eqontrol, a new and intelligent software solution, connects machines and quickly solves problems in complex production environments. Whether you’re working with a small packaging line or within a larger…

Walmart will use 3D technology in its online fruit and vegetable sales

According to a study presented by Nielsen last year, in ten years 60% of American households will buy food online. In view of this, leading retailers, such as Walmart, have…

Thijs van Alebeek, QC One:

"Besides importers and exporters, more retailers and cooperatives are using our certification software too"

Almost eight years ago, Thijs van Alebeek developed the QC One certification app. It provides support to inspectors and ripening managers. They use this app during the inspection of different kinds of fruit and vegetables. This service has expanded rapidly in Europe. Now not only do many overseas…

New network to be trialled in Victoria for on-farm technology

Agricultural communities in country Victoria will be able to better manage their crops thanks to a new digital network being administered as part of the Victorian Government’s…


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