SA Government announces $700,000 in funding for AgTech innovation

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Nine cutting-edge agricultural technologies that assist primary production and agribusiness throughout the state have earned grants totaling more than $700,000 under the South Australian Government’s AgTech Growth Fund.

SA’s Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development According to Clare Scriven said the investment will accelerate the development and commercialization of cutting-edge agricultural technologies in the State.

She said the funding provides grants of up to $100,000 to projects that address a specific industry challenge in areas that focus on:

  • digital agricultural software or hardware such as sensors, imagery, precision ag, data stewardship
  • smart farm equipment such as robotics, machinery or automation
  • supply chain technology such as traceability.

“This AgTech growth funding will provide significant productivity increases and employment opportunities within our agriculture industries,” the Minister said.

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“South Australian farmers have a long standing and proud history of being some of the most innovative in the world, and this funding will boost the opportunities to advance their AgTech, not just on farm but throughout the agriculture supply chain.

“These projects will help our primary producers overcome challenges and barriers they have identified and I’m looking forward to seeing firsthand how these projects are delivered over the coming months.”

One of the projects set to benefit from the AgTech Growth funding includes McLaren Vale Wine Grape and Tourism Association (MVGWTA), which is looking to create high-resolution digital vineyard maps of the McLaren Vale wine region.

“This project will allow us to ensure producers always have access to relevant mapping data, which will provide McLaren Vale grape growers greater opportunities to test and apply AgTech solutions in their vineyard operations,” said Erin Leggatt, CEO of MVGWTA.

“Not having ongoing access to detailed maps, tailor-made to suit new agricultural technologies, was identified by MVGWTA as a significant barrier to producers being able to apply new AgTech innovations in their businesses. We are grateful to the support of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions in facilitating the ongoing uptake of technological innovation in the region.

“Furthermore, the maps created through this project will also provide producers with in-depth vineyard data, allowing them to manage their operations in a more wholistic manner and assisting them to apply more sustainable practices and meet their commitments under the Sustainable Vineyard Australia program.”

For more information on the remaining AgTech Growth funding recipients go to: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/media-releases/news-items-2022/agtech-innovation-soars-through-$700,000-in-growth-funding

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