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Spanish producer and exporter federation Fepex says it is making good progress on its TICS4FRUIT project to optimise the use of technology in the country’s fresh produce post-harvest and distribution chain.

The initiative, which was launched in December 2019, will analyse key points in the post-harvest supply chain in order to develop technological solutions that minimise product loss.

“We have made progress in identifying, classifying and quantifying the critical processes that record the highest loss,” Fepex said in a press release.

Another of the federation’s lines of action is to define the environmental parameters that must be controlled in order for the fruit to retain its quality throughout the post-harvest and distribution process.

At the end of April, Fepex outlined the project to members of Spain’s produce industry during a webinar, organised by the Technological Institute of Packaging, Transport and Logistics (Itene), on how to improve traceability in the fruit and vegetable value chain.

The nationwide project will be rolled out in several autonomous communities including Aragón, Valencia and Madrid and is due to end in July 2021.

It includes the participation of growers and marketers via Fepex, as well as technology company Geezar, Itene, and research organisations including the University of Zaragoza and the Aula Dei Technological Science Park Foundation (PCTAD), as well as the Spanish wholesale market network Mercasa.