Currently on trial at Melbourne’s Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market is a mobile technology that could replace paper-based plant health certificates to improve efficiency, traceability and biosecurity of fresh fruit.
Plant Health Certificates are issued in Victoria by authorised inspectors to show that plant material (such as fresh fruit and vegetables) complies with quarantine conditions specified by another state, before movement into that state. They may also be issued for intrastate movement where quarantine conditions apply to specific areas within Victoria.
Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Plant Program Manager Aimee Liston said the newly developed mobile app could combine several manual processes into one.
Under the trial, buyers will be able to enter the necessary information at a mobile kiosk in the market or approach a DEPI field officer with a mobile device to assist them.
The app will allow all the data to be saved in one place immediately and presents the opportunity for businesses to better capture and store data, improving billing efficiency.
“Large horticulture growers and agribusinesses at the Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market who currently complete paper applications, manage paper certificates and undertake payments based on carbon book issued invoices, could incorporate this technology easily into their businesses,” said Aimee.