Srijan Technologies, a private company in India, has declared that it is supporting a group of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in a project that will be using blockchain to track honey from farm to retailer in order to extract illegal additives and impurities along the supply chain.
Challenges in the Indian Honey Industry
It has been reported that according to Ledger Insights, India’s honey industry has increased a dubious reputation because of quality control issues. In 2010, the European Union stated that honey from India had been found to be contaminated with substances such as lead and other antibiotics that were introduced in the production process.
To encounter this issue, Srijan revealed that it is sponsoring a blockchain-powered platform to track honey from its origin to end consumers. Initially, researchers resolved that the most common issues included the addition of foreign honey, feeding sugar to bees, mislabeling and uncertain geographical origins.
Building Trust Using Blockchain Technology
Rahul Dewan, the COO of Srijan Technologies, said that blockchain can help Indian honey win back trust from international consumers.
“If importers and consumers around the world are able to trust the quality of the honey they are consuming, grassroots bee-keepers and bee-collectors get better rates.” Rahul Dewan
In the meantime, Kavya Dashora, the project’s principal Investigator, revealed that decentralized technology can ensure consumers get good quality honey.
“Honey either comes from the wild or from apiaries. The produce can then travel through a number of hands and this is where the chance of adulteration is highest. A blockchain ledger records transactions at every stage of the value chain.” Kavya Dashora