Tak­ing Aus­tralia’s ag-tech to the world

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment launched a new ini­tia­tive to help at­tract more in­vest­ment in Aus­tralia’s emerg­ing agri-food tech­nol­ogy sec­tor.

Min­is­ter for Trade, Tourism and In­vest­ment Si­mon Birm­ing­ham made the an­nounce­ment last week at Evokeag in Mel­bourne and said a new dig­i­tal plat­form known as “Agri­cul­ture 4.0” would help bet­ter con­nect Aus­tralian ag-tech and food-tech busi­nesses with over­seas in­vestors and in­no­va­tors.

“Aus­tralia has the po­ten­tial to be a pow­er­house in agri-food tech and we want to help the sec­tor reach its full po­ten­tial,” Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

“Our farm­ers are some of the most in­no­va­tive in the world but we’re be­hind the pack when it comes to com­mer­cial­is­ing our food and farm­ing tech­nolo­gies.”

The ini­tia­tive will fa­cil­i­tate con­nect­ing in­vestors with Aus­tralian farm­ers and ag-tech start-ups as well as cre­at­ing more col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“While ex­ports of food and agri­cul­tural prod­ucts will al­ways be an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent in Aus­tralia’s econ­omy, we should also seize the op­por­tu­nity to ex­port more of our world-lead­ing ag-tech knowl­edge and skills,” Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources David Lit­tleproud said the need for Aus­tralia to take agri-food tech in­no­va­tion to the next level was greater than ever.

“Aus­tralia has the foun­da­tions to be a world leader in agri-food tech­nol­ogy but we do need en­trepreneur­s and in­vestors to give us a help­ing hand,” he said

“With Aus­tralia’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor set to be worth $100 bil­lion by 2030, we need to make sure it is fit for the fu­ture.

“Aus­tralian farm­ers need to be as well placed as they can to cap­i­talise on the grow­ing de­mand from emerg­ing mar­kets in Asia.

“That’s why we need to show­case the best of our tal­ent to the world and at­tract more in­vest­ment to Aus­tralia’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor.”

More in­for­ma­tion on the ini­tia­tive can be found at www.austrade.gov.au/ agri­cul­ture40.

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