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The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - PAID CONTENT -

EN­TREPRENEURS from Aus­tralia and across the world are in­vited to ap­ply to the NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries for ac­cess to ag-tech re­search and in­cu­ba­tion ser­vices through its Global Ag-Tech Ecosys­tem In­no­va­tion Cen­tre.

NSW DPI deputy direc­torgen­eral Michael Bullen said the call for a third round of ap­pli­ca­tions to the GATE pro­gram for 2019 aimed to iden­tify en­trepreneurs with in­no­va­tions that the depart­ment could fa­cil­i­tate for the ben­e­fit of pro­duc­ers.

“Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will have ac­cess to Aus­tralia’s lead­ing pri­mary in­dus­tries re­search and de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion, with more than 600 world-class sci­en­tific staff, 25 key re­search fa­cil­i­ties and 13,000 hectares of trial land around the state,” he said.

“NSW DPI has al­ready sup­ported var­i­ous Aus­tralian start-ups and fos­tered new re­search, as we saw at a re­cent show­case of the GATE co­hort.

“The show­case saw in­no­va­tors from across NSW with a di­ver­sity of prod­ucts that will lift agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity, such as new her­bi­cides and geophysics tech­niques to ac­cu­rately iden­tify wa­ter sources.

“We have also fos­tered tech­nolo­gies to help farmers with real time de­ci­sion mak­ing, sourc­ing em­ploy­ees, quad bike safety and con­ver­sion of waste pro­duce into con­sumer food prod­ucts.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions close De­cem­ber 3, 2018, with suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants en­ter­ing the GATE from mid-Fe­bru­ary 2019.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ap­ply visit www.the­gate.org.au or con­tact the­gate@dpi.nsw. gov.au.

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