Search for farm in­no­va­tion

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A Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment agri­cul­tural in­quiry will seek new and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies to im­prove ef­fi­ciency in the in­dus­try.

Im­proved telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, re­mote mon­i­tor­ing, drones, plant ge­nomics and chem­i­cals will be some of the ar­eas looked into.

The Agri­cul­ture and In­dus­try Com­mit­tee will also look into ways to negate bar­ri­ers to the adop­tion of emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Du­rack MP Melissa Price said the in­quiry would strengthen the agri­cul­ture sec­tor in her elec­torate.

“The elec­torate of Du­rack is unique for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, and Du­rack farm­ers have had to be in­no­va­tive since day one to sur­vive,” she said.

“This is a chance for peo­ple to have their say on how we can im­prove agri­cul­ture in Aus­tralia.

“I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to make a sub­mis­sion and be heard in the fu­ture of Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture.”

The com­mit­tee will ac­cept sub­mis­sions un­der its terms of ref­er­ence un­til Septem­ber 25.

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