The NSW Government will commit up to $6 million over five years towards the Global Ag-Tech Ecosystem (GATE), an international centre for ag-tech research and innovation.
GATE participants will get expert advice and assistance to start up their business, produce proof-of-concept for new entrants, scale up prototypes ready for production and commercialise final products.
Current projects include the development of systems that better predict seasonal conditions and the use of scent measurement to identify early stage pregnancy in cattle.
The GATE, a partnership between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and SparkLabs Cultiv8, will continue to establish NSW as a world leader in agricultural innovation and production.
Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair said NSW DPI has also entered into a reciprocal ag-tech research and innovation partnership with the UK Department of International Trade.
“This partnership provides a platform to develop and promote opportunities between Australia’s ag-tech sector and the UK’s agricultural industry, worth nearly £100 billion,” Mr Blair said.
Businesses from around the world are seeking to develop products by utilising the GATE, including Norwegian company Aquabyte’s products for estimating biomass in fish farms, and low-cost, water-powered refrigerators by US company Evaptainers.