4 July 2001
Web way to ACCS member details
By Tom Allen-Stevens
FROM Wednesday (4 July), UK grain buyers have instant access to their suppliers crop-assurance status.
Known as Member Checker, the web-based service is claimed to be an easier and quicker way to gain access to details of members of Assured Combinable Crops Scheme.
The status of those growers registered for combinable crops under the Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb Scheme can also be checked.
This should help assured growers sell their grain, believes Jonathan Tipples, National Farmers Union director on the Assured Food Standards board.
“The easier we can make it for buyers to find assured growers, the more likely they are to source from assured farms,” he told FWi.
Developed in conjunction with the Rural Business Network (RBN), and accessed via the ACCS website with a username and password, Member Checker is claimed to be secure.
No grower details other than membership status (full, conditional, deferred, or suspended) will be provided, but several growers can now be checked at once.
Buyers accessing the system will need to enter the growers membership number before membership status is disclosed.
The system has already been running for some time in Scotland for members of Scottish Quality Cereals and Beef and Lamb schemes.
To help traceability, ACCS harvest stickers, shown at the top of the grain passport, will also carry the growers postcode this year.
In harvest 2001, it is estimated that approximately 16 million tonnes of grain will be from “assured” sources in England & Wales.