GATE swung open for in­no­va­tion

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

❝The agri-food sec­tor is rid­ing a wave of op­por­tu­nity and growth, whilst at the same time deal­ing with is­sues of suc­ces­sion... — Matthew Cun­ning­ham

THE NSW Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Niall Blair has of­fi­cially opened the GATE.

The GATE, in part­ner­ship with SparkLabs Cul­tiv8, of­fers men­tor­ing, in­cu­ba­tion, and ac­cel­er­a­tion pro­grams, and ac­cess to in­vest­ment ser­vices.

It is an ini­tia­tive of the NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries de­signed to cul­ti­vate and de­velop Aus­tralian and global agtech ideas.

“The Aus­tralian agri-food sec­tor is rid­ing a wave of op­por­tu­nity and growth, whilst at the same time deal­ing with is­sues of suc­ces­sion, costs and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion – which makes in­no­va­tion all the more im­por­tant,” Min­ter El­li­son part­ner Matthew Cun­ning­ham said.

“We are proud to be a foun­da­tion men­tor at the GATE In­no­va­tion Hub.”

Mr Cun­ning­ham noted the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing lo­cally based agtech ca­pa­bil­i­ties to main­tain growth by en­hanc­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity, ef­fi­ciency and yields, and min­imis­ing risk, waste and costs.

“Se­cu­rity of sup­ply is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly more im­por­tant for for­eign in­vestors, and we can play a key role in this space with the right agtech ca­pa­bil­ity.”

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