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Food Traceability and Safety: From Farm to Fork – A Case Study of Pesticide Traceability in Grapes

Dineshkumar Singh, Srinivasan Karthik, Siddhesh Nar, and Divya Piplani
Tata Consultancy Services, Innovation Lab-Mumbai, Yantra Park, Thane, India
Abstract—There is a growing need to reduce the use of poisonous chemicals in the food production. We need a system to monitor and manage such chemical usage. Due to globalization, the supplier and the consumer can be across the countries or continents. Hence global crop quality standards must consider; local regulations, grower’s knowledge/skills and also agro input ecosystem. We need to carefully study the entire supply-chain, various stakeholders and find the points of exchange of the products or services. Digital technology can help to map and manage this diversity, across different time zones, culture, language and practices. mKRISHI® provides a digital platform to identify the farm, record, the laborer skills, manage pesticide inventory and including consumption date, time, dosage, etc. Each plot was identified by plot code and Global Gap Number (GGN). Hence, it’s easy to trace back the produce (grape box) to the plot as well as get the agro inputs used to produce it. Using a QR code and a mobile app, it’s easy for the consumer to get the desired information at their fingertips. Such end to end supply chain digitization not only improves the traceability but also creates a digital mapping framework from farm to fork. 
 
Index Terms—agriculture, pesticide, traceability, GAP, mKRISHI, grape

Cite: Dineshkumar Singh, Srinivasan Karthik, Siddhesh Nar, and Divya Piplani, "Food Traceability and Safety: From Farm to Fork – A Case Study of Pesticide Traceability in Grapes," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 40-47, March 2017. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.4.1.40-47
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