Thailand’s CP Group is using a corn traceability system to ensure it procures corn from legal cultivation and deforestation-free areas.
The traceability system promotes small farmer development to ensure the group can prove its non-involvement with forest encroachment and biomass burning, guaranteeing sustainable corn sourcing with an environment-friendly system.
“Since 2017, CP Group has developed a traceability system for procurement in Thailand, and since 2020, for sourcing from farmers in Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam,” said Paisarn Kruawongvanich, Executive Vice President of Feed Ingredient Trading Business, which provides feed raw materials to CP Foods.
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Moreover, the group has applied satellite visible imagery technology to detect the biomass-burning areas after harvesting so that its staff can visit and advise farmers to stop burning to ensure zero burning of corn stubble.
The group has adopted blockchain traceability technology that connects corn yield information from the planting areas to the feedmill. It also has an application, ‘For Farm’, to help Thai farmers verify their identity and plantation areas.
Sumeth Pinyosanit, CEO of Charoen Pokphand Produce, producer and distributor of corn seeds, said they audit suppliers to ensure the ingredient is not sourced from deforested areas.