Using blockchain technology, the state government aims to make agriculture smarter. The Agriculture Department is experimenting with tracking organically grown crops, tracking pesticide usage in other crops, using smart technology to track seed distribution, and creating a database of farmers.
State officials say they are exploring this technology first for tracking seeds and for growing organic potatoes. Besides recording the cultivation process from seed purchase to market sale, the technology will also record each transaction within the supply chain and will be accessible to farmers, administrators, and consumers.
In an interview, Agriculture Director Gurvinder Singh said they are also exploring how to use blockchain technology to track pesticide sourcing and end use, as well as gather data on farmers and their seasonal activities. It is still too early to decide on the technology partner, but its use is endless, and we intend to use it comprehensively.
By using blockchain technology, farmers can accurately predict weather conditions, rationalize the use of water for irrigation, increase yields, and improve net profit margins. Blockchain technology has been used in agriculture by two state governments so far.