Driving Traceability in Organic Crop Production with TraceX Solutions

Problem 

Manual data collection hinders transparency and scalability for CSR foundations supporting organic farmers. 

Solution 

Trace Gro app streamlines data collection, location tracking, and best practice reminders for organic farmers. 

Result 

TraceX solutions empowers CSR foundations with reliable data and efficiency and farmers with better practices and market access for sustainable organic farming. 

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In an era where environmental sustainability and health-conscious choices are gaining momentum, promoting sustainable farming models such as organic farming has become a crucial priority.  

Organic farming represents an agriculture approach that emphasizes the use of natural inputs, biodiversity conservation and responsible farming practices. By prioritizing soil health, minimizing chemical inputs and fostering ecological balance, organic farming not only ensures the production of high-quality chemical-free food but also contributes to environmental conservation and long-term agriculture sustainability. 

The Indian agriculture sector presents a multitude of challenges for farmers which include fragmented land ownership, declining soil health, unpredictable market conditions and the looming threat of climate change. Organic farming practices contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation by sequestering carbon, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water, preserving biodiversity and enhancing resilience of agricultural systems. By embracing organic farming methods, farmers can play an active role in mitigating the effects of climate change and building climate-resilient food systems. 

Traceability in organic farming ensures the integrity of organic products, promotes consumer trust, facilitates compliance with organic standards and supports environmental stewardship. It is a crucial tool for the organic farming industry to uphold its values and maintain the authenticity and sustainability of organic products. 

Role of CSR Foundations in Sustainable Agriculture

CSR foundations play a significant role in fostering sustainable agriculture by supporting initiatives and projects that promote environmentally responsible and socially beneficial farming practices. CSR foundations collaborate with companies, farmers and other stakeholders to promote responsible supply chains in agriculture. They support initiatives that encourage fair trade, traceability, ethical sourcing and sustainable procurement practices. This helps to create market opportunities for sustainably produced agriculture products and support the economic viability of these practices. 

CSR foundations provide support to farmer cooperatives and associations enabling smallholder farmers to access resources, markets and training. These foundations strengthen the farmer-led organizations and contribute to the development of sustainable farming communities and promote collective action for sustainable agriculture. These foundations also invest in capacity building and training programs for farmers and agriculture communities. They support initiatives that provide training on sustainable farming practices, soil conservation, water management and organic certification. 

Challenges these Foundations face.

  • Lack of Digitization at farm level data capture. 
  • Access to input resources and their optimal usage. 
  • Need for transparency and visibility at farm level. 
  • Validation of the sustainable farming practices followed. 
  • Adherence to Organic certification standards for Compliance 
  • Climate Change Resilience 
  • Scalability and Repeatability. 

TraceX Solutions for Organic Traceability

TraceX’s Pre-harvest module Trace Gro, overcomes challenges related to Data collection, transparency, early intervention, data driven decision making, collaboration and verification. These solutions empower foundations to drive sustainable practices in agriculture, support farmers in adopting responsible techniques and create a positive impact on the environment and communities. 

Onboarding of Farmers

About 1000 farmers are onboarded on to the platform through FPC comprising of 18 villages. Farmer profiles are captured for each of the farmers. 

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Geo-Mapping of Plots

The farmer plots are geo-spatially mapped along with geo-coordinates. 

Crop Configuration

Crops varieties like Sugarcane, Wheat, Mustard and Paddy are configured in the system. The details like crop season, variety, crop area, sowing/planting date and estimated harvest date are configured. 

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Package of Practices

The various practices like land preparation, sowing, crop and soil nutrition and harvest details are configured as a package of practices and notifications are sent to farmers to alert them on the various schedules. 

TraceX keeps farmers informed with timely crop advisories through SMS alerts. These alerts are based on the Package of Practices (POP) configured for the specific crop variety, season, and location. To ensure farmers receive relevant information, TraceX requires a few key things: 

  • The farmer must be registered with an active mobile number. 
  • The field facilitator must have added the specific crop variety to the farmer’s profile. 

Once these conditions are met, TraceX automatically sends SMS alerts reminding farmers about upcoming planned activities according to the actual calendar date. This ensures farmers receive crucial information at the right time to perform essential tasks for their crops, promoting optimal growth and yield. 

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All these features are accessible by user-friendly mobile apps which are multilingual and function in offline mode. This facilitates easy capture of data and recording them on to the digital ledgers. 

The harvest calendar and the dashboards give insights on crop yields that helps these companies to make informed decisions on market demands. The harvested produce is sold by the farmers to buyers with the support of FPCs. 

Ready to revolutionize your pre-harvest processes? Discover the power of TraceX’s Trace Gro solution today! 

Key Takeaways for the CSR Foundation

  • Enhanced Transparency and Credibility: TraceX’s platform provides robust and reliable data, strengthening your ability to track and verify organic certification claims. This fosters trust and transparency with stakeholders, including consumers and certifying bodies. 
  • Streamlined Operations and Increased Efficiency: TraceX automates data collection, analysis, and reporting, saving you valuable time and resources. This allows you to focus on other crucial aspects of supporting smallholder farmers. 
  • Improved Scalability: TraceX’s digital solution can efficiently manage data for a growing number of farmers, enabling you to expand your reach and impact. 
  • Greater Cost-Effectiveness: The platform’s efficiency can lead to cost savings in data management and certification processes. 
  • Market Access and Differentiation: By leveraging TraceX, you can empower farmers to access better markets for their organic produce, showcasing their commitment to sustainable practices. 

Take your organic traceability to the next level! Contact TraceX today to revolutionize your supply chain with cutting-edge organic traceability solutions. 

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