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How to implement Blockchain technology in the agri-food industry

The technology Blockchain it is a trend that is growing in all areas of digitization. It is closely related to the operation through cryptocurrencies. Nevertheless, implement the technology Blockchain in agriculture it is the future of the sector and it will bring benefits that I want to tell you about.

The Blockchain in agriculture it is the future of the sector and it will bring benefits that I want to tell you about. decentralization of control of these processes, eliminating intermediaries who can take advantage of the information unfairly.

The importance of the application Agro 4.0 lies in the possibility of record batches with a unique ID and safe in the system. In addition, it can be easily linked to all kinds of product data, allowing a unprecedented transparency in the exchanges.

Start implementing the technology Blockchain in your industry

The future of artificial intelligence and cloud technologies in Chile for agriculture are projected promising. Today it is no longer an option to stay out of implement the technology Blockchain in your fields. I will tell you how it is already applied today in Latin America.

Argentina is one of the pioneers in the development of applications and platforms to implement Blockchain to the Agro 4.0. Sobre esto, la coordinadora del programa AgTech de INTA, Gabriela Tallarico, stated: “We are facing a true digital revolutionTherefore, it is essential to understand 4.0 technologies as tools to promote sustainable and inclusive growth processes in all the country's production chains."

The way to apply these technologies is through management programs which are financed in Latin America by companies and startup of the sector. Its applications vary according to the type of industry and its objectives. In general, they can be observed:

  • The general management and monitoring of productive activity.
  • The monitoring of different stages of the circuit of distribution.
  • Detection and take advantage of business opportunities through the digital ecosystem.
  • Avoid irregularities in certificates and illegal transactions.
  • Precise detail of supplies and product availability.
  • Efficient administration of the resources.

In Chile, Agricom is an example of a program that takes advantage of the platform of technology Blockchain, in connection with IBM Food Trust. The initiative is track the products circulating in the market through its identification in the block register with a unique code. In this way the greatest transparency is achieved.

How to implement Blockchain technology in the agri-food industry

Benefits of the application of Blockchain in Agriculture 4.0

The advantages for the sector, especially in Latin America as it is an area of ​​great agricultural production, are numerous. The chain of blocks stands out in the world of cryptocurrencies for the transparency and decentralization of operations. All this can be applied to the agricultural world in the same way.

One of the main objectives to follow, according to Gabriela Tallarico, is the greater equity and environmental sustainability, improving the quality of life in the rural population. The application of this technology allows for more and more work to be done in this direction, generating networks of cooperation and support between countries.

Furthermore, the implementation promotes more transparent management, simple and without intermediaries who keep part of the benefit. On this, the executive director of Lyncross, Martin Epelde, and the director of IBM affirm that through the technology Blockchain it's possible:

  • Simplify certification and verification processes of fields, without crossed processes in which the interests of third parties proliferate.
  • Gain full control and systematized processes.
  • Resolve fraud issues, waste and breaks in the cold chain.
  • Have transparent information and in real time from the field to the final consumer.

These benefits translate into better resource management, higher profits for the sector and a equitable growth in those directly involved, without leaks. Likewise, it contributes to full food sovereignty in Latin America and support between the economies of neighboring countries.

Another of its advantages is the system versatility to adapt to all types of productions and stages of the process. From the acquisition and verification of real estate, through the counting of plantations and livestock, to the extension of transportation and distribution. Everything can be followed according to its characteristics.

Success stories in the world

Implement Blockchain technology in Agro 4.0 it is already a reality. Its benefits are emerging in several countries, with a marked development in Latin countries. Specialists say that the more the trend expands, the greater the benefits for the entire sector.

In Mexico they have one of the earliest initiatives. Since 2019, GrainChain has been associated with the blockchain for tracking grains, oilseeds and cereals. In addition, the system Big Data was implemented in batch review and data collection to check its authenticity.

In Peru, in the same year, the government financed Stamping.io, a program with technology Blockchain to avoid fraud and track exports to Chile. Everything, through certifications in tokens of each product, extended to the network of distributors in the countries. It was also applied for public contracts.

with your programs Smart Agrifood and Agri Open Data, the startup Blockchain Life Solutions of Peruvian origin, contributes to the expansion in Latin America. Its services for agriculture reach several countries and consist of traceability of real estate and products in the extension of the productive chain.

In 2018, in Argentina, the first platform for “collaborative agriculture” for grain traceability. The objective of Ucrop.it, created by Diego Hoter, Matías O'Keefe and Marcos Botta, is to approach the sustainability of the sector, enabling the concrete measurement of processes. The results are incredible.

As you will see, this technology is not only the future, it is already the present. Look for expansion possibilities and begin to be part of a more inclusive, supportive and transparent chain in the agri-food industry. Growth in Latin America and the world demonstrate its viability and development potential. Whoever fails to read the current conditions runs the serious risk of being left on the side of the road.

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