26 September 2023

New AgTech guide to farm the digital way

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The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has launched a draft AgTech Roadmap for public consultation.

The Roadmap outlines essential actions for producers wanting to stay ahead of the technology curve.

Minister for Agricultural Development, Mark Furner said Queensland was a world-leader in agriculture, “so it is only natural that we also be a global destination for the development and adoption of agricultural digital technology”.

“Global markets are rapidly evolving and the new AgTech Roadmap will underpin security for food supply chains and agricultural jobs, and ensure our world-class products meet the market expectations of tomorrow,” Mr Furner said.

“That’s why we’re developing this Roadmap for agribusinesses, producers, developers, education providers, Governments and investors that sets out our plan for accelerated development and adoption of agricultural technology.”

He said the AgTech Roadmap would strengthen the State’s digital agriculture capabilities worldwide and grow economic opportunities that built on other Government commitments on energy, jobs and skills.

“To thrive in such a fast-changing marketplace, producers need access to AgTech solutions that meet their specific challenges, and the Roadmap outlines the actions that will empower them to adopt and use those solutions,” Mr Furner said.

He gave as an example the AgTech Logistics Hub, boasting the country’s only agrifood business ecosystem, and bringing together the best talent and technology to help businesses solve their challenges, commercialise and grow.

“The hub’s diverse ecosystem of experts is growing fast,” Mr Furner said.

“Unique programs offered through the hub are specifically designed to give established and emerging businesses the best opportunity to thrive in challenging market conditions,” he said.

Giving a feedback on the draft Roadmap can be done on this PS News link with comments to be provided by 6 April.

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