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A PROOF of concept trial conducted by the SA Dairyfarmers’ Association aims to improve the traceability of dairy products throughout the supply chain and strengthen the integrity and transparency of the industry.

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology will be used to track and record milk and dairy products from cows to consumers.

Details, including the cow and dairy from which the milk comes, and the subsequent transport of the product, will be recorded, time-stamped and geolocated with the information recorded on a digital platform.

The data would be made available to consumers through the use of data carrier technology, such as QR codes, stamped on end products on supermarket shelves.

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The companies SA Fleurieu Milk and Golden North will participate in the trial, which is fully funded by the SA Dairy Industry Fund, the technological aspect being managed by Datahash.

Datahash chief executive David Travers said the traceability system would give consumers certainty about the origin of their milk and create a complete supply chain of transactional data.

“It’s about ensuring integrity within the supply chain,” he said.

“At the moment, a centralized database is prone to corruption, there is a lot of fake milk and fake milk powder circulating in other parts of the world.

“This will allow consumers to be assured that their milk is coming from a certain farm in a certain location.”

Mr Travers said the recorded information will be stored on an independent and verifiable site.

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Ashleigh Pulford, head of SADA’s dairy action plan, said the technology would also allow farmers to see where their milk is going after leaving the farm.

“Labeling has so far been the source of consumer confidence in Australian and international markets, but this technology will allow all players in the supply chain – including consumers – to track milk from the market. firm to the product they have on hand, “she said.

SADA Policy Officer John Elferink said the trial would not only allow the South African dairy industry to govern its own supply chain, but would demonstrate the value of the technology to the national dairy sector and to other industries.

Primary Industries Minister David Basham said the trial was an exciting step for the state’s dairy industry and had the potential to re-connect consumers and producers.

“The dairy industry in SA is hitting way above its weight and this traceability test is another shining example of that and we look forward to seeing the results,” he said.

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