Govt seeks advice on agtech

Govt seeks advice on agtech

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Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone.

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AN eight-member AgTech Advisory Group is being formed by the state government to encourage the adoption of agtech on-farm and identify barriers to progress.

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Nominations are being sought for a new eight-member Ministerial AgTech Advisory Group to provide the state government with advice on the practical application and adoption of technologies and on-farm innovation.

The AgTech Advisory Group will be made up of eight members, including an independent chair.

Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said the group's work would include identifying barriers that may be slowing the adoption of emerging technologies, and focusing on a long-term strategy to grow agtech in SA.

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He said a co-ordinated and focused approach was needed to ensure local producers were able to take advantage of the opportunities available.

"The role of this group is vital to encourage greater adoption of agtech solutions on-farm and through the value chain - helping to build on SA's advantages, showcase businesses and organisations developing or using new technology, and to increase productivity and quality in our primary industries," he said.

"If we want to grow and improve the way we do business, it's critical we embrace technology and apply the latest knowledge and practices. This advisory group will assist SA to be a technology leader."

Mr Whetsone identified a broad group of potential member backgrounds, including those working in agriculture, researchers, academics and entrepreneurs.

Nominations close on May 13.

Details: To nominate go to pir.sa.gov.au/agtech

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