Kerala Using Blockchain to Drive Food Supply Chain in India’s Deep South

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Kerala Using Blockchain to Drive Food Supply Chain in India's Deep South

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The state of Kerala, in India’s extreme south, is adopting blockchain in order to update and streamline its food supply chain to customers.

The blockchain is increasingly aiding food production and the flow of food from growth to table around the world, with new concepts appearing almost weekly. Raja Ramachandran, CEO for, a company currently developing blockchain for the food industry, says that blockchain’s recent popularity is because it is trustworthy and verifiable.

“The blockchain is really this fabric and code automation that binds all that together, and more importantly asks each of the participants to effectively provide a consensus that the claim or assertion is true… If someone certifies something, you typically rely on a third party. Now, the entire supply chain can self-certify because it’s looking to agree with each other.”

Kerala’s latest project wants to offer customers this level of stability to its food supply chain. The Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC) will now be ensuring that goods now include RFID tags and the use of IoT devices to monitor transportation and delivery, primarily of milk vegetables and fish.

Kerala will now be monitoring milk being delivered to millions across the state on a daily basis in fully refrigerated trucks using RFID tags and IoT equipment. All components of the milk supply chain will be strictly monitored and recorded on the blockchain.

Fish will now be receiving similar attention with farms linked to geo-coded imaging, enabling real-time monitoring following catch-to-table verification systems on the blockchain.

The Kerala government is looking to extend the success of these projects and says it is considering to branch into farming crop insurance, in order to enable faster, smart claims of farming crop losses. Kerala also has its own educational program run from regional capital Thiruvananthapuram, where students can learn about how to utilize blockchain in the health and banking sectors.


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