Ag-tech and Australia's leadership potential
A new era is on the horizon for the agricultural industry in Australia through agricultural technology (ag-tech).
New technologies in are changing agriculture in Australia, and sophisticated technologies are taking over farm activity. Malcolm Turnbull launched Talking 2030: Growing agriculture into a $100 billion industry, a ‘discussion paper’ created alongside KPMG and the National Farmer’s Federation (NFF) to amplify Australia’s farm production via ag-tech. The paper explores ways to accelerate the growth of Australian agriculture to achieve the NFF’s vision of AU$100 billion in farm gate output by 2030.
Agricultural technology is not only making an impact nationally. Australian robotic farming technologies are expected to make a difference in the Pacific region, and low-cost robots are already being trialled in Fiji. The robots have been developed by the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and will be used to increase crop yield and produce more nutritious food. According to the United Nations, some developing countries in the Pacific will need to almost double food production by 2050 to feed their growing populations and technology will be crucial to face these challenges.
Australia has the opportunity to become a globally competitive agricultural technology leader in the Pacific region and globally.
In this Challenge, we would like you to share your thoughts on the potential for Australia's leadership in ag-tech.
- What is needed to put Australia at the forefront of the ag-tech technology?
- Where do the greatest growth and innovation opportunities lie?
- What are the challenges?
Challenge Opened: 07:13 AM, Friday 03 August 2018
Challenge Closes: 01:30 PM, Thursday 16 August 2018
Time to go: Closed