In a world that demands more and more food produced in the most innocuous conditions possible and with the least impact of agrochemicals, having precise information on how a particular food was grown and what products were used to protect it from pests, weeds and diseases is essential.
That is the premise under which Agtrace was born, a software that allows management control and traceability of agricultural defenses and that issues alerts if it detects that a certain food violates the regulations of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) of phytosanitary products of the Destination country.
So far, the platform only allowed this evaluation for European Union markets. As of this month, he added a fundamental one for Argentine agribusiness because of its commercial relationship: Brazil.
“We have enabled Brazil for what is barley, peas, wheat and beans” Adrián Poletti, founder and CEO of Agtrace, said. In addition to these crops, it should be remembered that the system also allows evaluations for others such as chickpea, soybeans, corn, sunflower, rice and chia. In total, there are 11 crops that can be analyzed.
The next step, Poletti said, is that the software is also enabled for all countries that are governed by the food safety and health standards established by Codex. “Most countries in Latin America, North Africa and South Asia use that international code”, he said.
In the next months, the objective is to incorporate China, the United States, Canada and other nations that have their own food code and have economic relevance for Argentine exports.
According to Poletti, one of the great advantages that the system now offers is multi-destination is that, in addition to alerts about products that eventually have a phytosanitary level not allowed in the country of destination, it will also suggest where it is better to send the goods in MRL function.
“Until now, the platform told you only if you could send it to Europe or not. Now he will recommend which is the best market to do the operation. You may not be able to go to a certain country, but to someone else who is governed under Codex and has other regulations ” Poletti, explained.
He added: “The advantage for a company is that it allows it to be more efficient; you can sort the lots according to the phytosanitary treatment they received, differentiating those that can go to one destination or another”.