Bird’s-eye vegie tour at Agfest

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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.

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