Supercluster project is to help farmers become more efficient and achieve higher returns while improving traceability along the value chain.
Protein Industries Canada in partnership with an industry consortium, announced an investment of $ 9.25 million into a project that is to help improve on-farm logistics and food traceability through an integrated data platform.
This project will utilise data from the farm gate, through the entire supply chain, to make on-farm practices more efficient, increasing consumer traceability while reducing input costs and the overall environmental impact of the sector.
The Protein Industries Supercluster project brings together the expertise of Coutts Agro, a large-scale farming operation, with technologies from Verge Technologies and Skymatics, which uses digital mapping and optimisation technologies to help farmers improve in-field operations by capturing information around input application, fuel use and more.
Verge Technologies software results in fewer passes required to maintain a field, leading to reduced fuel costs and mitigating a producer’s environmental impact. This dataset will be used by Provision Analytics to create linkages to support food traceability, transparency and key metrics associated with energy efficiency.
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This will be the first project to attempt to correlate farm level practices through the value chain from production to processing. Historically, all notions of sustainability and traceability have been constrained to individual steps of the value chain. This project brings together the different touchpoints to support traceability and sustainability initiatives and advance Canada’s agriculture and food sector.
The consortium, consisting of Provision Analytics from Calgary, AB; Verge Technologies from Calgary, AB; Skymatics from Calgary, AB; and Coutts Agro from Kindersley, SK will invest, $ 4.6 million or half of the total project budget, with Protein Industries Canada’s co-investment making up the other half.