Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge 2018

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Reinventing compliance for aquaculture smallholders inclusion

VerifiK8 helps seafood buyers to make safe and responsible choices through an affordable yet credible monitoring and verification application to de-risk operations in their supply chain. At the same time, Verifik8 is a farm management tool for farmers that monitor their performance and give feedback loops to all the stakeholders.

 

Describe the problem your company wishes to solve and how your product or service will solve it

Facing the fast growing demand for sustainable seafood, most buyers struggle to find the right suppliers due to lack of transparency and traceability in their supply chain. The current traceability systems do not go beyond processing plants and are limited to food safety data only. Thus, social performances and environmental footprint at farm-level are not covered. On the other end, small and mid scale producers – which represent 70% of the shrimp production in Southeast Asia – do not have the knowledge and financial resources to reach the requested compliance level and access to certification schemes.

Verifik8 provides data cross-check and analytics systems across the supply chain, covering hatchery, feedmill, suppliers and farms. VerifiK8 provides a clear view of social and environmental performances to/for every tier from, buyers to retailers and consumers. 
Farmers using Verifik8 monitor their compliance to benchmark against different certification schemes and global reporting frameworks. It allows better prices and constant income streams. Credibility and trust are at reach, Verifik8 using smart and modern aquaculture tools and technology, to measure key parameters such as energy, water consumption or feed monitoring (lot numbers, quantity, etc). Buyers, retailers and consumers look through their supply farms logging on Verifik8's analytics dashboards.

Describe other business assistance that you are seeking from Nutreco

- Refine feed algorithms for Verifik8

- Feedmill inclusion to Verifik8

- Farmers outreach

- Pilot and scale

 

Are you available to participate in the final event in the Netherlands 28, 29, and 30 May? All expenses will be covered by Nutreco

Yes

Describe how the prize - a validation trial in our facilities - could boost the development of your business

Verifik8 is being piloted in 3 shrimp farms in Thailand, having special focus on social compliance. The necessary boost for the business would be helping to develop and trial it with shrimps and fish (tilapia, pangasius, asian seabass, etc.) giving special attention to the feed management and monitoring feed efficiency in a real-time operations feedback, and including the feedmill into Verifik8 to crosscheck and corroborate the different farm declarations about their feed usage and lot to benchmark with the relevant sustainable standards.

 

If you already have a website for your business, please share the URL

https://www.verifik8.com/

teresa debesa 5 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Chris van Bussel 5 months ago

Hi Pau, sound like a good idea! Could you explain a little more in detail what you are doing on the 3 shrimp farms in Thailand?
What would you like to do in a trial which tilapia/seabass? What is the parameters / research question you would like to see answered in such a trial?
Is the goal to validate your farm management tool?

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David Peggs 5 months ago

Hi Pau, thanks for submitting the idea, it seems like it could be a very useful tool on fish/shrimp farms. Monitoring and knowledge sharing is a vital part of Fish farming and creating trust in the sector Do you have plans to incorporate disease records into the system as a means to mitigate against disease outbreaks in the future?
Also, what about the financial cost of the system? Is there a cost to the farmer?, retailer? if they want to make use of this.

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