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Peter Wren-Hilton

Learn more about today’s Agritech ITP Workshop in Auckland


I’m publishing this blog post from the SOLD OUT Agritech Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) workshop taking place today at Auckland’s ANZ Centre. It’s fantastic to see so many familiar faces as David Downs and I set out some of the framework around the proposed Agritech ITP initiative.

A key outcome from today’s workshop is to share in some detail, the planned actions and initiatives that the ITP taskforce have recommended to help grow and scale the country’s agritech sector. David and members of the ITP taskforce attending the workshop will be looking for any industry feedback before the Plan is formally launched in early April. I will be outlining some of the key activity planned by Agritech New Zealand to support the delivery and execution of the Plan over the next 2 – 3 years.

David will outline the following key High Impact Programmes and Workstreams set out in the Plan.

High Impact Programmes

  • A proposal to develop a Horticulture Robotics Academy
  • Support for the Farm2050 Global Nutrients Initiative
  • Creation of a specialised NZ Agritech Venture Capital Fund

Workstream 1 – Connecting to global opportunities and solving global problems

Workstream 2 – Stimulating commercialisation

Workstream 3 – Strengthening investment options

Workstream 4 – Skills development and future proofing workforce

Workstream 5 – Improving data interoperability and regulatory environment

Workstream 6 – Streamlining government support

You can view a more detailed analysis of each workstream in the published final draft of the Agritech Industry Transformation Plan here.

The High Impact Programmes and six proposed workstreams represent a significant body of work. To support the delivery of the ITP, I will be talking about Agritech New Zealand’s intention to build steering committees and working groups to support the execution of each element of the Plan. By providing this industry input into the ITP’s implementation, we believe we can leverage the knowledge and experience that our members have within this space. It’s a critical piece of work and one that will have a massive long-term impact on the growth of New Zealand’s agritech sector.

Next Monday 9th March, we will be taking the roadshow to Hamilton and on Tuesday 10th March to Lincoln. You can still secure a free seat at each of these workshops by clicking on the links above.

In two weeks, I will be taking the ITP message to the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco. There, I will be meeting Farm2050 partners to discuss the Global Nutrients Initiative and Western Growers to discuss the proposal for a Horticulture Robotics Academy. Plus a host of others. It’s important that New Zealand’s agritech sector continues to reach out to develop global connections and address global problems. This is a key driver behind Workstream 1 above.

I’ll report back on the outcome of the three workshops. They are playing an important role on the formulation of the strategy needed to get the best out of the Agritech Industry Transformation Plan and its support for the wider NZ agritech ecosystem.

I hope you can join us in Hamilton & Lincoln.

Peter Wren-Hilton Peter is Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand and founder of Wharf42 in Tauranga. Peter helps organise major agritech conferences in New Zealand and offshore and connects early stage New Zealand agritech companies with international markets.