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Develop technology solutions for the safe production traceability and provenance of Australian apples and pears

Closing date: 20 April 2020

Request for Proposal

Hort Innovation is seeking a suitably qualified, experienced and capable delivery partner for the project: Develop technology solutions for the safe production traceability and provenance of Australian apples and pears (AP19004).

The objective of the services being sought is to develop an apple and pear industry that is better able to harness the power of IT and data systems to collect, connect and utilise business data to reduce costs, reduce harvest losses and improve fruit quality along the supply chain.

To do this, the secondary objectives are to:

  • Deliver detailed understanding of Internet of Things and blockchain technology and how they are being applied in the broader agriculture supply chain and horticulture supply chain in particular.
  • Explore and test technology that help the industry trace fresh fruit along the supply chain (from tree to table) to help increase consumer confidence.
  • Develop the knowledge of the available IT and digital technologies and their potential application in every stage of the apple and pear supply chain e.g. barcoding, blockchain, point of harvest fruit grading, and robotic harvesters.
  • Develop options for integrating agronomic tools and information with IT knowledge to enhance grower decision making and performance measurement. Investigate and develop industry wide identification scheme, national crop size assessment and enhanced crop and market forecasting capabilities.
  • Develop the industry’s ability to collect, integrate and analyse large quantities of data and translate it into actionable management decisions along the supply chain.
  • Communicate findings in a clear and practical format to growers and wider industry.

Hort Innovation has prepared a Request for Proposal (RFP) document that provides background information, outlines the scope of services, the procurement process and the information required from interested parties. The RFP may be downloaded from www.tenders.net (you will need to be a member of tenders.net to access this information).

The closing date for responses is 5.00pm (AEST), 20 April 2020.