The agritech sector remains at the forefront of discussions covering climate action, high value jobs, investment opportunities, global impact and farming practice. The driving force of AgriTechNZ has been to create a sense of identity and shared purpose with all the actors involved in agricultural technology innovations. We’ve been able to represent the voice of the innovator in He Waka Eke Noa planning, the Agritech Industry Transformation Plan and Fit for a Better World programme for our Food and Fibre sector. Often it is the first time our voice has been appropriately represented. During the last month alone, we’ve had several opportunities to authentically share our purpose and strengthen connections.
|Showcasing agritech at Parliament It’s been quite a while since our Executive Council last met in person! Last week, we came together for a day of focussed planning. Then we hosted sector leaders with the Hon. Stuart Nash for dinner at Parliament.
|Telling our stories : The Future of Farming is Here! In our latest Powered by Place story, we highlight some of the Kiwi agritech innovators who are addressing global challenges in food systems not so common locally, but significant in feeding the world. They are great champions and excellent examples of the global impact of New Zealand agritech.
|TIN Agritech Insights Report Launch The Technology Investment Network’s (TIN) 2022 Agritech Insights Report is launched soon. This year’s report continues to highlight the growth of the sector. It also features the growing levels of collaboration that will enable even higher growth rates in the coming years. In 2021, the largest 22 agritech companies had a revenue growth of eight percent and export growth of 6.4 percent. Companies with revenues over $200 million grew at a rate of 7.7 percent, while companies with revenues of up to $50 million grew remarkably at approximately 30 percent. Register to attend the launch on 30 June in Hamilton.
|Fit for a Better World progress update Fit for a Better World is a programme of work towards 2030 committed to meeting some of the greatest challenges faced today. New Zealand’s food and fibre sector presents many powerful possibilities. In this progress update, the role and potential of agritech is highlighted. Together, we can move towards a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy while making a positive global impact.
|Regional impact for a global crisis Join the 2035 Oceania Summit in Auckland this October. The summit brings together leaders of science, agritech, agrifood, agribusiness, farming and regulation to discuss how agrifood tech innovations and on-farm application can help address the existential threat posed by climate change. We’re looking forward to engaging with our Australian peers and visitors at this event. We encourage you to join and have secured a discount code for members of AgriTechNZ which will provide a further $100 off the early bird price (valid until 8 August). To claim your code, contact us here
|Celebrating our agritech exporters Applications for the New Zealand International Business Awards 2022 close on 4 July and winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 27 October. Bluelab flew the flag for the sector last year, who will it be this year…
|Innovation Grants Programme Last month, Minister Woods announced the introduction of two new grants covering non-R&D innovation tasks and supporting businesses that are new to R&D. The grants aim to assist with the high costs and steep learning curves associated with R&D. Applications are due to open in September 2022. Learn more or provide feedback into their design on Tuesday 28 June at 9am online.
|Voting is open We are strongly encouraged by the level of engagement across our community with 17 nominations for the three open seats on the Executive Council. Voting closes at 5pm on 21 June, so members should ensure their primary membership contact person casts a vote (only one person from each member organisation can vote, and they will have already received voting details). You can read more about the nominees here and check who the primary membership contact is for your organisation by contacting us.
|AgriTechNZ 2022 Annual Meeting Remember to register for our Annual Meeting on 5 July, to hear the results of the Council election and updates on our activities and plans.
| Ngā manaakitanga me kei runga noa atu
Go well and onwards and upwards
on behalf of he Executive Council of AgriTech New Zealand