Australia’s federal government is committing $12.2 million in funding to entrepreneurs around the country, including some in the agtech industry. Four businesses developing innovative products for the broadacre cropping and horticultural sectors have received a share of the funding, as have businesses from the health, mining and renewables sectors.
Victorian business Opxflo has received $860,000 in funding to accelerate the commercialisation of its seed coating and drying module. Based on the company's intellectual property, it has developed the C. 1-S seed coating and drying module, which is set to create efficiencies for seed companies and farmers.
Fellow Victorian company Ripe Robotics has developed an autonomous robot to harvest apples, oranges and stone fruit. It has received $571,567 to help commercialise the machine.
Domestic and international avocado growers will benefit from Anderson Horticulture's micropropagated avocado trees. The company is working to improve resource use efficiency, eliminate disease and increase accessibility to trees and fruit across the globe. A $403,558 grant has been given to the business based at Duranbah.
Pairtree Intelligence has received $170,000 for the development of its data integration service, Farm Junction Point.
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