For the fresh produce supply chain, the painstaking task of completing and validating Proposed Pesticide Usage (PPUs) has been revolutionised by Pesticide Manager from Muddy Boots Software.
The cloud based module brings together leading industry pesticide data streams from Fera and Homologa to support compliance to international legislation and validation against multiple retailer standards. Developed via a series of collaborative workshops with leading produce suppliers, Pesticide Manager is an integrated module within Greenlight Supplier Approval which allows stakeholders to invite their suppliers and growers into the platform, to easily create, submit and share their product PPUs.
“Pesticides continue to play a key role in the production of food” comments Jonathan Evans, Muddy Boots MD. “We know that PPU is an area of compliance that is difficult to manage for all stakeholders. It is however important that the industry can demonstrate and effectively monitor responsible use in order to improve the profile of this area. Pesticide Manager’s collaborative way of working will give better insight into user trends which could ultimately help with improved policy formation and lend valuable support to an area of the industry that is constantly under the media spotlight. ”
The transparency that Pesticide Manager provides, enables retailers to monitor pesticide usage and compliance to their policies, provide data insights to help inform practical and manageable protocols and supports the longer term objective of reducing environmental impact and pesticide residues. But the benefits don’t end at retail.
For suppliers and growers, online data entry is now far easier to do. For those that supply fresh produce to more than one retailer, checks can be made against multiple protocols, delivering significant time savings and resulting in consistent PPU management. Pesticide Manager’s direct integration with a global pesticide database means that the grower community will actually help improve the quality of the underlying pesticide data.
Alan Wilson, Technical Manager Agronomy at Waitrose concludes “With over 4,500 supply chains collaborating online, Pesticide Manager allows us to drive environmental optimisation on farm and reduce our ecological footprint whilst maintaining quality and availability to our customers”.