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Agri tech has an important role in Australia's growth

Agricultural technology, an industry valued at nearly 87 billion dollars annually, is integral to Australia's goal of expanding to a 100 billion dollar industry by 2030. This ambition underscores the importance of integrating advanced technologies into farming operations. High-tech farming encompasses a variety of applications, from precision field management using GPS, satellite, and drone imagery to the adoption of biotechnology for developing crops with improved nutritional profiles or environmental resilience. Australia's agri tech and food tech sectors, comprising over 2500 enterprises, are pivotal in introducing innovative solutions to the agrifood industry.

In addressing the challenges posed by climate variability and the need for sustainable resource usage, agricultural technology offers tangible benefits. Innovations such as GP Graders' gpVision technology enhance fruit grading and sorting, facilitating access to premium export markets and reducing labor costs. Moreover, technology like Exit Manager improves packing efficiency and adaptability, crucial for maintaining profitability and meeting market demands.

However, the adoption of such technologies is hindered by factors including skill shortages, costs, and the availability of relevant technologies, as identified in a survey by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Despite these challenges, the support infrastructure for technology implementation, including remote and on-site assistance and the modular upgradeability of equipment like GP Graders, presents a pathway to overcoming barriers to adoption.

Emphasizing Australia's export-oriented agrifood sector, which ships out approximately 70% of its produce, the country's commitment to clean, green, and safe agricultural practices is well-recognized. By integrating smart technologies, Australia not only sustains its global standing but also enhances its agricultural productivity and sustainability.


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