Blockchain expertise and grapes make an odd couple, proper? Wrong. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda), beneath the ministry of commerce, has built-in a Blockchain resolution into its GrapeNet traceability platform. It has been applied as a hybrid resolution combining its conventional web-based SaaS (Software as a Service) mannequin for its stakeholders, augmented by a permissioned, non-public Blockchain layer for additional knowledge safety and authentication.
The GrapeNet is an online primarily based certification and traceability software program system for monitoring contemporary grapes exported from India to the European Union. The Blockchain resolution, referred to as Apeda Trust Chain, will assist monitor all the main points of the consignment, proper all the way down to the situation of the vineyards. It will hold a report of all of the processes concerned which might be traced by worldwide clients on the finish of the chain to validate the authenticity and high quality of the grapes.
“The introduction of a Blockchain based layer will provide an added layer of comfort to importers on the trustworthiness of data security in Apeda’s systems,” says M Angamuthu, chairman, Apeda. “It also enables future integration of India’s supply chain data with the global supply chain data network of fresh produce, as all these various Blockchain initiatives are likely to get integrated to ensure smooth sharing of data on movement of fresh produce in future. This shall lead to timely information sharing which will result in reduction in potential losses in handling and spoilage.”
Blockchain expertise ensures a shared, immutable ledger that facilitates the method of recording transactions and monitoring belongings in a enterprise community. The expertise is good for delivering that data as a result of it offers speedy, shared, and fully clear data saved on a digital ledger that may be accessed solely by community members. Blockchain expertise is more and more discovering use in banking, monetary providers, worldwide commerce and logistics sectors. Attempts are being made to make use of Blockchain for traceability options within the meals provide chain to make sure meals security, particularly for residue monitoring, product standardisation, and determine excessive manufacturing and high quality areas.
In 2019-20, India exported 1,93,690 metric tonnes of contemporary grapes price Rs 2177 crore. Grape cultivation covers 140,000 hectares with an annual manufacturing of three.four million metric tonnes, with the main producing states being Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka. The Netherlands is the primary vacation spot for Indian grapes, adopted by Russia, United Kingdom, Bangla-desh, UAE and Saudi Arabia. The Netherlands can be a very powerful commerce hub for contemporary fruits in Europe, and introduction of the Blockchain expertise will add a layer of credibility to exports from India.
The Apeda Trust Chain initiative data knowledge resembling identification of farmers and vineyards together with farm location, lab sampling on the farm degree, take a look at stories, pesticide residue ranges, harvest knowledge at farm degree, procurement at packhouses by way of farmer tons, Agmark grading of farmer tons at pack homes, export consignment created at pack homes and phytosanitary certificates points to export consignments. Participants in GrapeNet embrace over 45,000 farms, 200 pack homes, over 100 exporters in addition to officers from state governments and Apeda.
Gurugram-based IT options supplier Logicsoft has designed and developed GrapeNet in addition to different traceability programs for Apeda. Apeda’s technical staff labored with Logicsoft to implement the Apeda Trust Chain and combine GrapeNet with it. “While Apeda is currently testing out the Blockchain implementation in the table grapes export supply chain, it has plans to extend this solution for other horticulture products and organic products in the future,” says Sudhanshu, secretary, Apeda. The apex export physique additionally helps such initiatives for agri merchandise promoted by different organisations. Recently, a course of was initiated for the export of purple banana backed by Blockchain expertise by Tirupur-based fruit exporter Green Agro Products in collaboration with MABIF beneath Nabard.
As part of its export promotion initiatives, Apeda has applied certification and traceability programs within the export provide chain for numerous merchandise. Among these are GrapeNet for desk grapes, Peanut.Net for peanut merchandise, Tracenet for natural merchandise), Meat.Net for buffalo meat.
These programs have helped Indian producers and exporters to guarantee importers of the standard practices adopted within the provide chains. Blockchain introduction is predicted to additional improve the credibility of Apeda’s certification and traceability programs. A market intelligence and commerce facilitation portal referred to as AgriExchange and numerous traceability programs have been applied to assist construct market entry and high quality assurance for exporters. Apeda can be exploring constructing AI primarily based knowledge mining options on the big worldwide commerce knowledge acquired over time to construct forecasting programs for exports.