Swiss startup launches tokenized grain trading pilot


A Swiss agricultural startup has piloted using a non-fungible token for slicing down the prices of buying and selling grain. The system carried out 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, akin to storage charges, whereas lowering the onus on paperwork.

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The tokens have been reportedly utilized by Mexican agency Mercanta, representing grain it had saved at a neighborhood warehouse. Different grain holders and commerce homes can subject their very own model of the token, which might then commerce on Cerealia’s platform whereas appearing as a marker for precise grain held.

Cerealia chief working officer Filipe Pohlmann Gonzaga mentioned 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, based on BNN Bloomberg. The agency has a presence in near 30 completely different nations, together with Brazil, Egypt and Ukraine, and is anticipated to develop into Singapore and sub-Saharan Africa subsequent.