Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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Ontario Tender Fruit Producers Marketing Board

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Ontario Tender Fruit Producers Marketing Board

Phil Tregunno, MPP Arthur Potts and Sarah Marshall

These days, GPS is for much more than road trips. In Ontario's orchards, GPS mapping has laid the groundwork for a new traceability system developed by Ontario Tender Fruit Producers and a Kingston-based IT company. The web-based system, called "Tracker", provides growers with a suite of tools that includes online recordkeeping, pest management tracking and inventory tracking - all tied to individual fields. Growers can use "Tracker" to make informed choices about how much spray to use and when to irrigate. Most importantly, it creates the traceability that retailers are demanding. Fruit growers in Quebec and New York State have also signed up to use the system. With versions currently in the works for other agricultural sectors, this software is clearly putting producers on the right track.


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