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Agrotoken is set to disrupt the agricultural commodity market by partnering with Polkadot, aiming to secure a parachain slot. The platform’s stablecoins, backed by grains and food, offer novel ways to transact and hedge against local currency instability. Agrotoken’s collaboration with Visa further enhances its payment ecosystem, while its focus on sustainability sets it on a path to revolutionize the trillion-dollar industry.

Agrotoken to Launch on Polkadot

Agrotoken, the first digital platform for tokenizing agricultural commodities, has unveiled plans to launch on Polkadot, the innovative blockchain ecosystem heralded for its capacity for boundless innovation. This strategic move aims to secure a parachain slot on the Polkadot network with support from the Substrate Builders Program, furthering Agrotoken’s mission to revolutionize the agricultural industry.

Agrotoken’s core premise lies in its ability to issue stablecoins backed by collateral in grains and food products, offering direct value representation of its respective commodity – rice, corn, or wheat.

Agrotoken has already tokenized an impressive $105 million worth of agricultural commodities, equivalent to a staggering 124,352 tonnes of soy, 94,423 tonnes of corn, and 13,818 tonnes of wheat. This substantial backing empowers farmers, businesses, and financial institutions to engage seamlessly via Agrotoken’s digital platform.

Beyond the primary function of agricultural commodity tokenization, Agrotoken offers a range of versatile use cases:

  • Tokenized Transactions: Agrotoken enables the exchange of tokens for essential agricultural supplies, machinery, or fuel.
  • Agrotoken-Backed Visa Cards: In collaboration with Visa, an investor in Agrotoken, the platform has introduced custom debit and credit payment methods. Users can utilize Agrotoken-backed Visa cards for transactions at any store or point of sale system that accepts Visa, ensuring a smooth payment experience.
  • Currency Stability: Agrotoken provides a safeguard against local currency disruption, offering a hedge against hyperinflation.
  • Collateral for Loans: Users can leverage Agrotoken tokens as collateral for both business and personal loans.

Ariel Scaliter, CTO and Co-founder of Agrotoken, emphasized the innovative technology and expansive community that Polkadot brings to the table.

Scaliter stated, “Agrotoken’s motto is to make natural resources accessible for everyone. Our vision is to become a global infrastructure of real asset tokenization, developing relationships with companies and enterprises to help them move their current technology towards a more traceable, secure, and auditable system that enables new revenue streams and business opportunities.”

The collaboration with Visa further enhances Agrotoken’s payment ecosystem, ensuring convenience for token holders and merchants alike.

Björn Wagner, CEO of Parity Technologies, a leading contributor to Polkadot, mentioned that Agrotoken has the potential to revolutionize the agricultural industry by digitizing agrocommodities and introducing transparency to a trillion-dollar market.

Agrotoken’s decision to build a Layer-1 parachain on Polkadot underscores its commitment to a multi-chain approach, encouraging collaboration with other projects in the ecosystem. Builders can leverage the Agrotoken API to create innovative products, and all transactions on Agrotoken will be securely recorded on-chain, ensuring transparency and traceability of asset origins.

Crucially, Agrotoken places a strong emphasis on sustainability. By offering complete transparency regarding the origin of assets, it aims to combat corrupt or non-sustainable practices in the agricultural industry.

Currently, Agrotoken operates in two of the world’s largest commodity markets, Argentina and Brazil. However, the company has set its sights on global expansion, with plans for a U.S. launch in 2024. This move promises to further cement Agrotoken’s status as a transformative force in the agricultural commodity market.

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