Aussie sugar producers use blockchain to monitor supply chain

July 31, 2018
Chris Wheal

Australia’s government has awarded an A$2.25m ($1.7m) grant to a project that supports the sustainable production of sugar that will use blockchain to monitor the commodity’s growth and distribution.

Sugar cane harvest: Australia to use blockchain to monitor provenance of cane supply chain

The Sustainable Sugar Project, led by the Queensland Cane Growers Organization will use the grant to fund an initiative known as the Smart Cane Best Management Practice that aims for better sustainability and traceability in the sugar industry.

Provenance

Suppliers of sugarcane to Australia will be obliged to participate in the initiative and will have access to the blockchain ledger so buyers in Australia can be instantly aware of the cane’s provenance.

In an interview with Foodnavigator-Asia, a spokesperson for Queensland Cane Growers, said: “Blockchain’s main attribute is that it’s a secure database in which all transactions are recorded and visible – it can simply be thought of as an online record book.

“Each block in the chain represents a transaction and, while it’s encrypted so it can’t be deleted, reversed or edited, it is visible to everyone.”

Sustainably-sourced

Agriculture minister David Littleproud said consumers and food manufacturers wanted sustainably-sourced food and want to know where it comes from.

“This technology would provide assurances around the sustainability of our sugar, and ensure cane farmers using sustainable practices can attract a premium price for their product,” he said.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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