[Botswana] Farmers blockchain platform set to revolutionise FMS
Plaas, a farmers blockchain platform is set to revolutionize Farmers Management System (FMS) in Africa. The President of the African Development Bank, Adesina, cited blockchain technology as one of the key tools to transform Africa’s agricultural sector.
One of the people that believe that blockchain can really have a great impact in the agriculture sector is Alakanani Itireleng who founded the first blockchain hub, the Satoshicentre, in Gaborone, Botswana.
In 2017, she looked at the possibility of using the blockchain technology in farming by building a blockchain platform that will track the movement of animals using RFID and AI, and use of sensors in plants for monitoring.
she also looked at the possibility of a record keeping platform that will keep information like vaccinations received by animals, the PH of the soil, common pests found on the soil, etc. and that is where the new blockchain startup Plaas comes into play.
The idea of the Plaas platform is to be an all-round farmers management system and a robust e-commerce system in which farmers can connect with one another to increase their earnings but also broaden their knowledge of the type of farming they are involved in.
According to Plaas co-founders, Koketso Pelo – also a developer based at Satoshicentre – the platform has a marketplace that helps buyers to easily search for products they are looking for. The smart contract within the platform will enable easy transaction and undisputable agreements of sale between farmers and their clients.
Plaas had a plan to see this platform being able to assist farmers to raise funds around the globe using blockchain technology that will be inbuilt within the Plaas platform.
One of the company’s longtime mentors, Patrick Dugan, had one day spoken to Plaas about the idea of farm shares (how farmers can raise the capital needed to for them to solve problems they face in the farm) and as a result one of the PLAAS 2020 plans is to explore the idea of using the Plaas token by helping farms to sell shares over the blockchain for PLAAS (PLS) or other cryptocurrencies.
Plaas has built a strong team that will enable the company to build the technologies that will be used to build this system. The team includes reputable developers and engineers from South Africa, developers in Botswana’s Satoshicentre and the startup is in talks with one company from India to also assist in building strong technologies that will run with this technology.
To make sure that farmers will receive the knowledge on how this technology will work, Plaas has set up a team of ambassadors who will be key in bringing the technology to the people around the world.