Today the Ministry of Agriculture and Processing Industry of Krasnodar Krai and Digital Logistics Platform Smartseeds signed a Memorandum of understanding to meet the challenges of digital transformation of agriculture in the region.
The document was signed by Fedor Dereka, Minister of Agriculture and Processing Industry of Krasnodar Krai, and Anton Kondratov, Director of Smartseeds.
The agreement provides for cooperation and exchange of experience on improving labour productivity and the efficiency of introducing innovative technologies in the digitalisation of agriculture in Krasnodar Krai, as well as consolidation of experience and proposals for improving legislation and mechanisms for its implementation.
To date, more than 40 customers from Krasnodar Krai – major agricultural producers, exporters, grain traders and processing enterprises – have submitted orders for grain transportation on the Smartseeds platform. The platform’s digital services help farmers of the region to build logistics processes more efficiently – to reduce freight shipping costs by about 20%, increase the reliability of transportation and simplify document flow through the use of e-document management system. Regional carriers are able to significantly increase route turnover and business profitability due to cooperation with Smartseeds.
Fedor Dereka, Minister of Agriculture and Processing Industry of Krasnodar Krai:
‘Today digital technologies are integrated into almost all sectors of the economy, including the agro-industrial complex. In this respect, Krasnodar Krai is considered one of the most advanced in Russia. We have quite a lot of enterprises in our region that have already introduced digital technologies into the production process and appreciated their advantages and benefits. For example, the level of digitalization in crop production has increased by 30% over the last 5 years. About 250 of our farms use digital technologies in crop production on an area of about 1.2 million hectares. In modern conditions, it is important to implement technologies at all stages of production and sales. So Smartseeds digital logistics platform can be one of the tools for farmers.’
Anton Kondratov, Director of Smartseeds:
‘The development of the Russian agro-industrial complex requires the introduction of innovative solutions in the industry. We strive to become an active participant in the digital transformation of agriculture, creating a unique experience in integrating carriers and agricultural enterprises into the modern digital space. The product solutions we offer help farmers to instantly access thousands of trusted freight carriers and arrange transportation of any volume of products. In turn, Smartseeds guarantees freight carriers steady work with reliable customers and timely payments from the platform. We offer support to all market participants and we are responsible for cargo and logistics arrangements to all parties. Today Smartseeds works with the majority of freight carriers in Krasnodar Krai, and the volumes transported through the platform amount to millions of tonnes.’
The introduction of digital solutions promotes a competitive environment and uniform rules for transportation of agricultural goods. Every Smartseeds member is vetted to meet the requirements of the Charter of the Agro-Industrial Complex. The document declares to support the principles of fair competition, enhance the promotion of good business practices and prevent overloading of trucks when transporting crops.