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Last week’s Wellbeing Budget 2023 announcements included a $29.9m commitment to integrating technology into the horticulture sector. The Horticulture Technology Catalyst initiative emerged from the Agritech Industry Transformation Plan.

We’re delighted to see the Government recognise the importance of the agritech industry and its impact on both domestic production and systems export. Catalysing the development and adoption of technologies in the horticultural sector will position the sector for new levels of sustainable productivity, and create a proving ground for the export of new technologies.

It’s election season for AgriTech New Zealand and we are currently seeking nominations for four elected positions and three board appointed positions. This is a fantastic opportunity to be actively involved in the further advancement of our shared interests as a community. We have scheduled a webinar to meet the candidates, so please save the date for 22 June or register now. Hearing from the nominees themselves will help inform your voting decisions.

We have been fortunate to have outstanding representatives on our Executive Council and I’m sure this year will be no exception. Please remember, only Members (ie their nominated representative) are eligible to vote.

Brendan O’Connell
Chief Executive, AgriTechNZ

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