Bird’s-eye vegie tour at Agfest
SITUATED among the picturesque rolling hills at Forthside, in Tasmania’s North West, is the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture’s Vegetable Research Facility — a site of leading research relevant to the state’s agriculture industry.
You can now take a birdseye look around the facility without needing to wait for a field day or workshop, thanks to a recently created virtual tour.
The virtual tour will be onshow at TIA’s Agfest site from May 4 to 6.
TIA has partnered with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment for a combined site at Agfest.
The focus of the display is on research, programs and tools that can help support the prosperity of Tasmania’s agriculture industry.
Visitors to the site will have a chance to use virtual reality headsets to watch a range of 360-degree videos, including interviews with TIA researchers, vision of field trials and tours of the facilities.
The virtual tour and videos will provide an update on research being undertaken at TVRF to enhance the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of Tasmania’s agriculture industry.
This research includes the Tasmanian Government funded Vegetable Productivity Partnership, which is looking at the biological and economic benefits of using bio-fumigation crops in Tasmanian conditions.
The virtual tour also features a recent trial exploring the viability of high yielding, low-THC industrial hemp production in Tasmania. The project, a collaboration between Ecofibre Industries and TIA, could help to diversify Tasmania’s agriculture industry and boost the industry’s productivity and profitability into the future.
Also on display will be information about TIA’s research into pasture, cider and wine production, the Water for Profit project, precision agriculture and food innovation. A display about TIA’s dairy research will be in the DairyTas Legendairy Expo.
The Australian Research Centre Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products, based at the University of Tasmania, will be showcasing innovative work on extending the shelf-life of Tasmanian produce.
You can find the joint TIA/ DPIPWE site on Sixth Avenue at site 601/603.
TIA is a joint venture between the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania.