Australian mango farmers to trace their produce via Blockchain technology

Australia's CRCNA has collaborated with leading mango producer Manbulloo to track their produce from the tree to the supermarket using blockchain.

By · Oct 28, 2020 . 6min read

Australian mango farmers use Blockchain technology news

A new blockchain platform has come out to be a game-changer for one of Australia’s biggest mango producers. It offers real-time, secure information from the tree to the supermarket. Last week the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) revealed Manbulloo, one of Australia’s biggest mango producers, to be the latest producer to recognize the advantages of a blockchain-based food traceability platform. 

The digital platform was designed and tested as part of a 2.5 year Smart Supply Chain pilot project. It was developed by the CRCNA (Cooperative Research Center for Developing Northern Australia) in collaboration with Australia Mango producer Manbullo, blockchain experts Trust Provenance (T-Prov), and industry group Growcom.

CRCNA raised $827,000 for the trial.

During the trial, T-Prov and Manbulloo co-designed a platform that combined all the systems and data Manbulloo recognized as critical touchpoints along with their supply chain. Tracking and transmission of real-time data, like time, temperature, and location took place. It was then available on the blockchain. Thus, Manbulloo and other supply chain participants could then acquire the data via a dashboard interface. The CRCNA raised more than $827,000 for the 2.5-year-old trial phase, which commenced in April 2018.

Manbulloo’s quality manager Scott Ledger states that combining data and quality assessments adjacent to the chain indicates the business could now depend on one, secure, and centralized system. It offers instant traceability. The outcome was a real-time, secure, cost-reducing and end-to-end food traceability solution.

However, food traceability does not limit only to food producers. Recently, Estée Lauder Companies has revealed it is utilizing blockchain for sustainable and responsible sourcing of materials. Estée Lauder Companies is already running a pilot program with a blockchain startup Wholechain. It intends to support its supply chain traceability alongside additional 450 smallholder farms.

Moreover, Standards body Marin Trust authorized the utilization of blockchain technology. In July, Marin Trust declared intentions to mandate reporting of vital data regarding fish byproducts like Omega 3 fish oil for traceability and outlining its vision about the technology’s role in the future.

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