Ag-Tech innovation projects on show

The NSW Government will bring the latest in ‘ag-tech’ to Sydney, in collaboration with the private sector, to showcase advances and opportunities within the primary industries sector and to solve important challenges.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Deputy Director General Research Excellence, John Tracey said the Ag-Tech Innovation GATEway event will see 6 new projects pitched to leading industry experts, research partners, and business investors.

“In 2018, the NSW Government established the Global Ag Tech Ecosystem (GATE) in Orange to develop ag-tech research into commercialised products in collaboration with entrepreneurs and technology provides,” Mr Tracey said.

“Now in its second year, the GATEway event will showcase the work of DPI researchers and external entrepreneurs, who share a passion for making a difference in agriculture.

“Some of this year’s project ideas include: an international grains trading diagnostic tool; a biological herbicide to treat weeds; real time alerts for vineyards; fruit ripeness sensor technology; and, fly larvae production for fish meal and other livestock supplements.

“I am pleased that the NSW Government is taking a national lead in developing ag-tech research and is working side by side with startups and tech businesses, to make sure our producers are competitive.

“Making sure that we are driving the development of new technologies to maximise farmer productivity, profitability and resilience is critical for the long term future of NSW primary industries.”

DPI is the largest agricultural research and development provider in Australia, and is ranked in the top 1% of global research organisations in the fields of agricultural, and plant and animal science.

DPI is partnered with leading industry research organisations Horticulture Innovation Australia and Cotton Research & Development Corporation along with SparkLabs Culitv8 – a leading business accelerator and venture capital provider.

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