In Sydney, Australia, Grain Trade Australia (GTA) is currently leading discussions with key grain industry specialists to establish a standard and supporting framework for the national adoption of digital image recognition technology for grain quality. The Australian grain industry is eager to take advantage of the benefits and emerging opportunities presented by this technology, which uses digital images to evaluate grain quality attributes and defects in grain samples.
The proposed standard aims to enhance the speed, accuracy, and consistency of grain quality testing while ensuring consistency across various supply chains. This is crucial for all stakeholders and contributes to the smooth facilitation of trade. Currently, some processes for grain quality tests rely on visual examination or other methods that have not changed for many years. As such, there is a need to develop a standard and an accepted process to ensure the consistency and accuracy of new equipment before it is introduced to the market.
Researchers and technology providers are eager for the industry to adopt digital image recognition technology, but there is currently no standard or implementation framework in place to support its acceptance and use across the grain industry. GTA proposes an industry standard and supporting framework that will allow both government and commercial companies to adopt a uniform system for assessing, approving, and maintaining emerging digital imagery grain assessment technology.
Established in 1991, GTA plays a vital role in formalizing commodity trading standards, developing trade rules, and standardizing grain contracts across the Australian grain industry. Its goal is to ensure efficient facilitation of commercial activities across the entire supply chain.