Electronic Field Register
Compliance with increasingly strict standards in the field of both processing of the agricultural products and their primary production does not leave options to the farmers concerning the issue of maintaining the field register. These documents must be adequately kept and verifiable. The beginning of the introduction of primary production control will be based on the monitoring of those segments that directly endanger the health of end users, and subsequently it will move to rationalisation of energy consumption (fuels, lubricants). Products that do not possess adequate documentation will be only used for internal (personal) use. Farms that do not keep records will be probably excluded from subsidised production.
Producers should not consider these standards as a threat but more as a possibility to accomplish certain additional benefits (higher price, expansion of the market). Practice so far has shown that due to our producers’ failure to meet the quality standards applicable in certain countries, they have faced returning of final products or change in their purpose (instead being used as food for human consumption they are treated as food for animals) with appropriate decrease of the price. These losses are often multiple not only because of the return of goods, but also because of the loss of the market in the subsequent period (finding of more reliable suppliers).
Maintaining the field register, control of the application of various chemical substances will be possible in a large number of farms; however, review of the collected documents and their subsequent processing by keeping the written registers will not be possible. It is for these reasons that, in the technological era we live in, the keeping of electronic field registers inevitably imposes.
At the same time, it is also the advice of our expert service to the farmers - implement only the electronic field registers. Keeping of traditional registers is complicated for collecting and submission of documentation, and leaves a possibility for further changes. Registering of the production processes in such a way enables precise insight into the quality of final products. During purchase, products will be classified according to whether they meet the requirements of the standards or not. The standards (HCCP, GLOBAL GAP, ISCC, etc.) will differ from each other, or more precisely, each of them will have separate requirements for necessary paperwork, the allowed quantity and type of chemical preparations, but the basis for each of them will be the field register. Producers will be able to decide themselves what standard they want to fulfil with their final products, and accordingly they will be able to achieve a certain price for their products. The stricter the standards are in their requirements, the higher the price of the final product. A defective product will be much easier to trace, we will be able to locate the time and the place of the defect in the production process accurately. Negligent manufacturers, i.e. those who do not comply with the regulations of the accepted standard, will be easier to find and they will bear respective consequences.