Game on for traceability

first_imgGame on for traceability The Hon David Littleproud MPMinister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency ManagementA grant has been awarded to a project to enhance traceability in the kangaroo meat industry.This project is one of 14 to receive funding under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Traceability Grants Program.Western Game Processing has been awarded a $297,000 grant to create an app to enhance traceability for the kangaroo and wild game harvesting industry.Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said that underpinning the reliability and sustainability of game meat was becoming increasingly important.“This grant will go towards creating an app and an internet dashboard to log real-time kangaroo harvesting data, from point of origin to processing,” Minister Littleproud said.“While data is currently collected on kangaroos harvested, this system will eliminate the need for harvesters to manually record data using paper tags.“By digitising the data, we can enhance traceability for biosecurity and food recall, which is important for accessing foreign markets.“Being able to quickly trace kangaroos back to the harvester and the harvest area will also assist in identifying and addressing animal welfare concerns that may arise.“We know that consumers in Australia and internationally want greater transparency and real time advice about the origin and safety of product in the modern digital marketplace.“By tapping into the innovation and ingenuity of Australian industry, these round two projects will give Aussie exporters the competitive edge.”Western Game Processing Director Ben Cameron said the organisation was grateful to receive the grant.“While this project will start off with the kangaroo harvesters who supply our Longreach facility, we’re aiming to extend it to the wider industry and make it available to the Australian game meat industry.“This system will enhance access to the traceability of each kangaroo as they move along the supply chain – from paddock to plate.“It will assist us to monitor and track and trace product. Data collected and shared with stakeholders will also ensure the sustainability of kangaroo populations.”For more details on the 14 successful round two projects visit the Traceability Grants Program website.Fast Facts:The Traceability Grants Program supports industry projects that will enhance our agricultural supply chain traceability systems, including developing and trialing technologies that digitise information flow.The program also aims to provide an advantage for our exporters and to increase opportunities to export Australian commodities.The program is part of the Australian Government’s Modernising Agricultural Trade agenda to support the target of a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030.The Australian Government is investing $7 million from 2019-20 through to the end of 2022-23 in projects under the Traceability Grants. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, animal welfare, Aussie, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Australian industry, biosecurity, commodities, Emergency Management, Fast Facts, Government, grants program, Longreach, supply chain, sustainabilitylast_img read more