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The Australia New Zealand agritech ecosystem just got a MASSIVE post-evokeAG boost

The key theme at last week’s evokeAG conference in Melbourne was the power of collaboration. In New Zealand, this has been a key driver for the past two years. Agritech New Zealand has succeeded in bringing together different key stakeholders from across the agritech ecosystem to create a sector-wide community; a community made up of … Continue reading "The Australia New Zealand agritech ecosystem just got a MASSIVE post-evokeAG boost"
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The NZ agritech mission arrives in Melbourne

Over 60 Kiwi agriculture innovators and leaders are now in Melbourne to showcase their technologies at the high-profile evokeAG event, create export and partnership opportunities, and build on New Zealand’s reputation as a leading agricultural innovator. evokeAG is a two-day international event all about innovation in agriculture, drawing delegates from the entire agriculture ecosystem from … Continue reading "The NZ agritech mission arrives in Melbourne"
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VIDEO: Unique NZ agritech robotic technology supports US asparagus growers address major labor challenge

In August 2018, Agritech New Zealand signed a strategic partnership agreement with Western Growers, the largest producers of fresh produce in North America. A key focus of the agreement was on the #1 challenge facing many US growers of specialty crops. Labor. The lack of and the cost of. Several specialty crop sectors are under … Continue reading "VIDEO: Unique NZ agritech robotic technology supports US asparagus growers address major labor challenge"
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Major lessons from Ireland last week. New Zealand’s dairy sector take note.

I am reflecting on last week’s truly epic visit to Ireland by the New Zealand agritech delegation. I thought I had a reasonable handle on the state of the country’s dairy sector. Smaller family-owned farms (average herd size of approx. 80 cows), pasture-based, herringbone milking sheds and no lack of rain. Whilst this reflects the … Continue reading "Major lessons from Ireland last week. New Zealand’s dairy sector take note."
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Join leading New Zealand agritech businesses, researchers and capability providers at the 2019 Irish National Ploughing Championships and UK Dairy Day.

Callaghan Innovation, in partnership with Agritech New Zealand and NZTE, is coordinating a mission around the 2019 Irish National Ploughing Championships and UK Dairy Day. If you think National Fieldays is big, think again. The Irish National Ploughing Championships attracts over 300,000 visitors. With similar pastoral farming systems to New Zealand, I believe that Ireland … Continue reading "Join leading New Zealand agritech businesses, researchers and capability providers at the 2019 Irish National Ploughing Championships and UK Dairy Day."
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The New Zealand agritech delegation has returned from the US. What happens next?

On Friday morning, Jacqui and I were invited to a small ‘town hall’ event just outside Watsonville in Northern California. We joined 60+ local specialty crop growers listen to US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue (pictured above) and Congressman Jimmy Panetta talk about the US Federal government’s support for the sector. Questions from the floor … Continue reading "The New Zealand agritech delegation has returned from the US. What happens next?"
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LIVE from Salinas, California: The New Zealand agritech delegation arrive to support US specialty crop growers address a major crisis

Today a large delegation of experienced New Zealand agri robotic and automation researchers and entrepreneurs arrived in Salinas, Northern California. We are here to meet Agritech New Zealand partner, Western Growers, the largest producers of fresh produce in North America.  That’s 50%+ of all fresh vegetables, 50%+ of all fresh fruits, 50%+ of all organics. … Continue reading "LIVE from Salinas, California: The New Zealand agritech delegation arrive to support US specialty crop growers address a major crisis"
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Connected capital for New Zealand’s emerging agritech sector has finally arrived!

I’ve posted several times before about the importance of connected capital for New Zealand’s emerging agritech sector. Like many areas of the country’s tech sector, access to growth capital can be a major challenge. Last Thursday, at Agritech Unleashed, Arama Kukutai, co-founder & Managing Director of Finistere Ventures, announced that his firm planned to open … Continue reading "Connected capital for New Zealand’s emerging agritech sector has finally arrived!"
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NZ tech companies should study the UN sustainable goals

Kiwi tech companies should study the United Nations sustainable development goals and position their solutions as ways to achieve them as there are millions of euros being invested in the next few years, leading New Zealand tech expert Graeme Muller says.