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Globally, we are at one of the most important, exciting and challenging times in the history of agriculture. Strengthening the foundations of a smart agritech ecosystem in New Zealand will assure the role the world needs of us. As a small market we are limited in what we can achieve on our own, but as a smart ecosystem we can have a disproportionate impact on global food systems and climate action. 

During the last month we have made excellent progress promoting and advancing the agritech sector in and from New Zealand. We’ve published our Baseline of Digital Adoption research report and participated in the development of the Digital Boost for Ag series of videos.

A smart ecosystem thrives on collaboration across interconnected interests, effectively functioning as a unit. In New Zealand, our innovators, agribusinesses, researchers, investors, regulators, farmers and growers are easily connected. Less easy, but vital if we are to realise our global impact, is to find common ground on shared problems. For example, equitable food production in a climate crisis. We need to develop our collaborative fitness and shine our light out in the world.

This starts with strengthening our core and improving our use of innovative solutions locally. It includes building our international connections and promoting our capabilities globally. This month we’re highlighting the progress and opportunities for digital agriculture in New Zealand and connecting with global agritech interests at the World Agritech Innovation Summit.

2022 Baseline of Digital Adoption in Primary Industries

This new research report helps us understand the realities of digital adoption across New Zealand. It provides powerful insights to on-farm utilisation of digital agricultural practices and the strategies to enable increased benefit from the technologies. In case you missed it, the report is available to download for free.  On 19 October, we will also host a members-only webinar to explore the meaning and implications of this research. We will also be seeking input on next steps for this work.

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Digital Boost for agriculture

Backed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Digital Boost is an online platform designed to digitally upskill businesses across New Zealand, for free. Recognising that agriculture is at the heart of New Zealand’s economy, AgriTechNZ collaborated in the creation of  Digital Boost for Ag, a series of videos directly related to on-farm technology solutions. The series highlights farmers and growers from Auckland to Southland to help their peers get the best advice on digital tools and what farmers should think about when making technology decisions.  Watch my intro video on the importance of agritech here.

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World Agritech connections

Next week I’m travelling to London to fly the flag and deepen connections with the world’s agritech community. With over 800 top level agri-food professionals in attendance over two days, we’ll be meeting existing partners and developing valuable new connections. We’ll keep you updated!

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Creating regional impact for a global crisis: Oceania 2025

We’re just one month away from the 2035 Oceania Summit in Auckland. If you haven’t already secured your ticket, now is the time. If you’re an AgriTechNZ member, please contact us for your discount code.

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Agrifoodtech mission to Israel

AgriTechNZ member AgSorted is leading the Israel New Zealand Strategic Partnerships Project for Early Stage Agri Food Tech businesses  mission to Israel. The project is designed to help NZ agri food tech businesses accelerate their international growth through strategic partnerships with well-matched Israeli partners. The mission is scheduled before and after  Israel’s AgriFoods Week in Tel Aviv 6-10 November, to optimise its success.

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Fieldays Innovation Awards

The final entry date for our sector’s premier innovation awards is 6 October. There is no better platform to celebrate innovation in our sector, with all the participants in our primary industries watching. If an innovation launches but no one sees it, did it really happen? Make sure your innovation is celebrated and enter the awards today.

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KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards

We’ll be joining KiwiNet to honour Aotearoa’s research commercialisation heroes and their entrepreneurial spirit on 6 October. There are still some tickets left if you would like to join.

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AgTech Breakthrough Awards

Congratulations to Hectre – Orchard Management Software who was named best Overall Post Harvest Company of the Year at the AgTech Breakthrough Awards. The award recognises the best companies, products and services in the agritech sector and it’s the second time they have won this award which is a wonderful achievement.

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Ngā manaakitanga me kei runga noa atu 
Go well and onwards and upwards

Chief Executive
on behalf of he Executive Council of AgriTech New Zealand