The Australian Government is supporting a trial of technologies to determine the most suitable system to support digital traceability in the export supply chain of melons.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the Australian Melon Association has been awarded $296,190 funding through the Traceability Grants Program.
“A state of the art digital system for clear traceability of our premium Aussie melons will open up more export opportunities,” Minister Littleproud said.
“We gain a market edge if our exporters can access to the latest digital traceability innovations to demonstrate to overseas customers clear provenance and care in the supply chain.
“Our delicious, nutritious melons are the taste of summer for millions of Aussies.
“We want to tell the whole world how good our melons are and a modern, cost-effective traceability system capable of identifying individual pieces will help industry to do that.
“A traceability system suitable for the melon export supply chain could also be applied to other fresh produce such as pineapples, pumpkins and cabbages.
“The project will include growers, wholesalers, exporters, importers and retailers, enabling each step in the supply chain to add value in recording and managing the product.
“This is yet another example of industry innovation that reinforces and promotes Australia’s reputation as a producer of clean, green and safe food.”
For more information on the Traceability Grants Program click here.
Source: Australian Government