Five companies have now agreed to take partin the HGCA-funded eGrain passport pilot project which will begin live trialspre-harvest.
The 250,000 eGrain passport pilot, whichfollows widespread industry consultation, is looking at the feasibility ofmoving the current paper grain passport system online.
Muntons, Gleadell and Openfield have agreedto become pilot participants for the malting barley supply chain, whileHeygates and Glencore will be the pilot participants for the milling wheatsupply chain.
They will be working with IT supplier F4Fwhich has been contracted to build the online platform.
The pilot will run for 12 months from April2014, and will produce recommendations on whether the electronic passportshould be rolled out nationally, and what modifications or enhancements mightbe needed to do so.
Jonathan Tipples, Chair of the eGrainpassport Steering Group said: Since last April, a great deal of work has beendone with the industry to get the project to this stage. We are now in agood position to start to build the necessary IT structure and work with theexisting IT capability of the participants to test the concept of an electronicpassport in fast-moving and complex commercial situations.
The pilot will help the industry establishthe real costs and benefits to all grain businesses large and small – inadopting an electronic passport. It will also investigate if itwill result in a better environment for the smoother flow of two wayinformation between farmers, merchants and processors.
The project will be overseen by a steeringgroup comprising representatives from the Agricultural Industries Confederation(AIC), The Maltsters Association of Great Britain (MAGB), the NationalAssociation of British and Irish Millers (nabim), the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National FarmersUnion of Scotland (NFUS) and the Road Haulage Association (RHA).