Andrew Grant and Jackson Virgo. Source: Supplied If you’ve ever wanted to bite into a sweet, cold, Australian mango while simultaneously being able to know that mango’s exact path from farm to table, blockchain startup T-Provenance has you covered.

Founded in Adelaide in 2016 and born out of the agtech betaworks Availer, T-Provenance looks to increase efficiency and trust in agriculture supply chains via the use of blockchain technology, starting with the supply chains for one of Australia’s most revered fruits: the humble mango. The startup has locked in a partnership with some of the largest producers of Kensington Pride mangoes in Australia, Growcom and Manbullo Limited, and secured $500,000 worth of capital.

That capital is comprised of a $300,000 grant from the CRC for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), as well as funding from the CSIRO’s Data61 Kick-Start initiative and Avalier. This funding will allow T-Provenance to establish its Ethereum-based private blockchain for use with Manbullo’s supply chains, which the startup’s chief technology officer Jackson Virgo tells StartupSmart will help get every participant of the supply chain “on even footing”.

“It governs how the data is shared, and the ownership of the data is clearly defined and locked into the blockchain, with no questions about who can use it or the objectivity of the data. It’s as close as possible to what we call ‘trustless’ in the blockchain space,” says Virgo, who works on T-Provenance alongside Avalier co-founder Andrew Grant.

“We’re going to cover the transaction all the way from the farmer to the retailer, and also link in data directly from IoT [Internet of Things] sensors onboard the trucks, which track things like temperature and time.” This data, stored in an immutable ledger on the blockchain, will aid retailers with things like quality control, with Virgo saying mangoes are one of the fruits where time and temperature most highly correlates to eating quality. He says the T-Provenance system will help show the pallets at the end of the journey that may be in most need of further quality checking, cutting down on time and risk for retailers and reducing unusable fruit. Read more from…

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