Jan 31 2023

Crop optimization with blockchain

Seresco, a Spanish company specialized in software solutions and services in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has coordinated the K-Chain project. A project focused on the development of an application that integrates blockchain technology to optimize production processes in the field.

The solution, first applied in a pilot project in kiwi crops, is responsible for verifying, validating and storing the information collected from a mobile application throughout the different stages of the production process, from harvesting, up to packaging and shipment to the customer, which is a guarantee of the food's origin.

This process allows to maintain the traceability of the agri-food product, integrating technology into the work cycle to audit the actions of the grower, and benefit from consultation tools that help improve crop quality and reduce costs through precision farming techniques.

The pilot project has been tested on kiwi crops, but the system can be extrapolated to other crops such as pistachio or cider, adapting the algorithm to the specific growing conditions of each of them.

The pilot test has been carried out on a farm located in the Principality of Asturias, allowing the end customer to identify the region of the kiwifruit marketed. It was carried out in conjunction with CTIC (Centro Tecnológico de la Información y la Comunicación), with support in the field tests from the Asturian company KiwiNatur and co-financing from the Instituto de Desarrollo Económico del Principado de Asturias (Idepa) and the European Regional Development Fund (Feder).

Software implementation in these fields is a technological challenge for companies. In this area of agriculture, blockchain technology can bring transparency to food production processes, reinforcing security and trust.

In agriculture, technology is increasingly being used to improve crop yields