Botswana-based technology startup Plaas is leveraging on the disruptive power of Blockchain to foster a better farming industry in Africa.
Powered by blockchain technology and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Plaas is creating a platform where individual farmers and cooperatives can share information about their farming activities and products.
Africa’s number one problem is unavailability of reliable data. Without data, I mean data with integrity, planning and development is near impossible, because agencies have to work “blind” as it were, in carrying out their developmental initiative. Is it a wonder we are where we are today. In Nigeria, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Somalia etc. the story is the same. But we can begin to alter that trajectory bay leveraging the emerging techs of AI and Blockchain. While Artificial Intelligence will help in gathering useful data, Blockchain will provide the security and integrity required.
For farmers in Africa and other developing nations of the world, keeping record of their farm history and product has been a rather difficult task; in trying to use other means have fallen short as it appears unreliable.
The combat this issue, Plaas is harnessing the blockchain to provide a secure and reliable data storage mechanism. Farmers will need to key in the characteristics of their crops and animals but after the initial data input process, the daily record keeping is easy and simple.
In a bid to make the use and adoption easy for farmers who are not educated in handling the technical aspect, the Plaas platform can be used in partnership with government certified personnel and will assist farmers in collecting these data.
The use of RFID introduces greater advantages to the network for the farmers as this technology allows the platform to add data in real-time but on a wireless basis. The RFID chips are able to provide the real-time tracking of resources especially when it comes to livestock.
While the Plaas platform is designed for farmers, it also holds advantages for consumers. The platform is designed to enable users to access the data stored in it. After paying a small fee, users can view all the data related to the produce they are purchasing. This will help in fighting adulterated, and sub standards foods which are gradually taking over the market, plaas is poised to provide real time and accurate information about the product ranging from type of fertilizers used down to the pesticides use.
The Plaas platform will also include a marketplace where buyers and farmers are able to interact directly. Purchases can be made using Plaas tokens, which are Ethereum-based ERC20 tokens.
To invest in the future of information sharing among African farmers, check out the Plaas token sale, scheduled for December