Agribusi­ness ad­vance­ments

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

FROM driver­less ro­bots to drones and au­to­mated ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems, a new Cen­tral Queens­land fo­rum is set to show­case some of the re­gion’s most for­ward­think­ing de­vel­op­ments at the in­ter­sec­tion of agri­cul­ture, ma­chin­ery and tech­nol­ogy.

The in­au­gu­ral AgTeCH17: Build it, Use it, Profit event to be held early next month will fea­ture a day of speak­ers and in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing in-field demon­stra­tions, ex­plor­ing the fu­ture of agribusi­ness and the lat­est in­no­va­tions avail­able to im­prove farm and busi­ness prof­itabil­ity.

The con­ven­tion – de­liv­ered by the Cen­tral High­lands Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion with Queens­land’s De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries – will fo­cus on early-stage and de­vel­op­ing com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions and will also high­light earth­mov­ing equip­ment, pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture and other big data and sen­sor ap­pli­ca­tions.

CHDC gen­eral man­ager San­dra Hobbs said the fo­rum was host­ing a range of speak­ers.

They will rep­re­sent lo­cal in­no­va­tors and star­tups such as Gindie-based Swar­mFarm driver­less ro­bots, as well as “revo­lu­tion­ary” Aus­tralian plat­forms such as AgriDig­i­tal and Premise Agri­cul­ture, and also lead­ing tech­nol­ogy di­vi­sions of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses such as Van­der­field, Hi­tachi and Ko­matsu.

Peter Lewis, former ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and re­porter for ABC’s Land­line, will em­cee the fo­rum, which will in­clude 10 ex­pert speak­ers.

“This event ex­plores the op­por­tu­ni­ties for crop­ping, live­stock, ser­vice in­dus­tries and sup­ply chain en­ter­prises to im­prove cost ef­fi­cien­cies, prod­uct qual­ity and prove­nance through au­to­mated and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies,” Ms Hobbs said.

“The Cen­tral High­lands is a grow­ing tech­nol­ogy ser­vice hub for the agri­cul­ture, min­ing and civil con­struc­tion sec­tors across Queens­land and na­tion­ally.

“AgTeCH17 will also shine a light on the many other re­gion­ally-based agtech busi­nesses and their po­ten­tial to sup­ply prod­ucts and ser­vices glob­ally.”

The day will fin­ish with a bus tour of 2PH Farm’s world-class au­to­mated pack­ing fa­cil­i­ties and an­other farm lo­ca­tion to see the lat­est in ro­bot­ics and drone tech­nol­ogy.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the AgTeCH17 Young Tech Bur­sary, which will pro­vide 20 agtech en­trepreneurs and stu­dents (and their teach­ers) from across the Cen­tral High­lands the chance to at­tend the event.

The fo­rum, from 8.30am–5.30pm, will be held at the McIn­doe Func­tion Cen­tre, Opal St, Emer­ald, on Novem­ber 8.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased at chdc.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AGRI­CUL­TURE: The AgTeCH17: Build it, Use it, Profit event will be held early next month and ex­plore the fu­ture of agribusi­ness.

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