A Swiss agricultural startup has piloted the usage of a non-fungible token for reducing down the prices of buying and selling grain. The system applied by Swiss agency Cerealia SA sees the tokens reportedly backed by 30,000 metric tons of Mexican white corn.
Though the Cerealia platform solely facilitates two-way offers on the time being, an upcoming addition will permit for third-parties to commerce and speculate on grain offers utilizing the token. A digital system naturally reduces the prices incurred by grain merchants in executing offers, comparable to storage charges, whereas decreasing the onus on paperwork.
The tokens had been reportedly utilized by Mexican agency Mercanta, representing grain it had saved at a neighborhood warehouse. Different grain holders and commerce homes can challenge their very own model of the token, which may then commerce on Cerealia’s platform whereas appearing as a marker for precise grain held.
Cerealia chief working officer Filipe Pohlmann Gonzaga stated the tokenized system might open up digital grain buying and selling to the likes of banks, hedge funds and different traders, with out them having to take bodily supply of the grain.
Cerealia has reportedly attracted shopping for curiosity for round 6 million tons of grain because it launched in November 2020, in line with BNN Bloomberg. The agency has a presence in near 30 completely different nations, together with Brazil, Egypt and Ukraine, and is predicted to broaden into Singapore and sub-Saharan Africa subsequent.