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Agtech tracks Australian beef exports to China using a blockchain

May 5, 2020

Australian livestock tracking platform Aglive has completed a pilot who oversees the delivery of beef to China.

The Aglive trial was started at the end of January and was carried out in collaboration with the global shipping logistics company DB Schenker and the industry association Meat and Livestock Australia.

The pilot saw the cattle being transported from the Macka cattle farm in the New South Wales region to a slaughterhouse in the same state.

Agtech tracks Australian beef exports to China using a blockchainAgtech tracks Australian beef exports to China using a blockchain

From there, frozen meat products were followed through the supply chain while the meat was transported to Queensland by interstate ground transportation and then shipped to Shanghai.and ensures that the products are stored in safe conditions throughout the transport. The products were then distributed to grocery stores in Shanghai.

Australian beef exports are tracked using the blockchain

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Paul Ryan, CEO of Aglive, emphasized that every single product, box and air container used in the supply chain is identified and tracked, including devices for the Internet of Things along with products to be registered. Temperature and location data.

All data is logged in a private version of the Ethereum blockchain that can execute smart contracts on both Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum.

Management emphasizes that Aglive is “technology neutral” and “works with any blockchain technology that provides the best results for our customers”.

Slow introduction of blockchain delays testing

Ryan stated that the idea of ​​a traceability trial was developed in collaboration with Macka in late 2019, but that he was experiencing delays due to COVID-19 and slow absorption of the technologies used.

“Introducing new concepts and practices is never easy because regular business can be attractive,” said Ryan. “The slowest and most difficult part of putting together a project is to encourage the various participants to spend enough time and resources to implement the changes.”

“While there are often the best intentions that should last for days, it often takes weeks. Likewise, what is supposed to take weeks can consume months very quickly, “he added.

Aglive will target international markets

Aglive used a digital national supplier declaration application to integrate farm accreditation and shipping management on the same platform, so stakeholders can track every item across the supply chain using unique QR codes.

The platform is currently working on presenting its product-to-your-table solution in the markets of the most important pet owners worldwide, including the European Union, Brazil, Canada, Argentina and Uruguay.

“The ultimate goal is to reduce the paperwork on the farm so that the farms can manage not the forms, and they can also provide the evidence that will help them get higher prices for the food they produce,” said Ryan .

“In short, the goal is to ensure that farmers can earn more money for the same job.”

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