Har­vest of tech­nol­ogy

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

MURESK In­sti­tute has un­veiled the state’s first demon­stra­tion SMART Farm at its in­au­gu­ral Far­mS­mart show­case.

The Northam col­lege ex­hi­bi­tion this week pre­sented the lat­est agri­cul­tural in­no­va­tions.

Cloud-based SMART Farm tech­nol­ogy uses dig­i­tal equip­ment such as sen­sors and GPS in mod­ern agri­cul­ture to pro­vide farm­ers with the data needed to improve ef­fi­ciency.

West Aus­tralians study­ing or work­ing in agri­cul­ture will be able to use the fa­cil­i­ties at Muresk to train and up­skill. The sys­tem is ex­pected to boost Muresk’s pro­duc­tiv­ity, en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, safety and work­flow.

Agri­cul­tural Re­gion MLC Dar­ren West rep­re­sented Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery to open the in­au­gu­ral show­case at Muresk.

“As a lo­cal farmer, I un­der­stand the im­por­tance of new tech­nol­ogy and the ef­fi­cien­cies and op­por­tu­ni­ties it presents,” he said.

The event brought to­gether in­dus­try lead­ers and train­ing providers to high­light how em­brac­ing new tech­nol­ogy and data with farm­ing prac­tices could help improve qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency.

Ms Ellery said com­mit­ment to agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity in WA cre­ated jobs.

“The de­mand for highly skilled workers in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor is grow­ing and, like many other in­dus­tries, it con­tin­ues to evolve as tech­nol­ogy mod­ernises the way we work,” she said.

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