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Agritech New Zealand is delighted by the NZ Government’s Budget commitment of $11.4M to support the Agritech ITP

Today is a major milestone in Agritech New Zealand’s intense 12 month engagement with the NZ Government’s Agritech ITP taskforce. This afternoon’s announcement by Minister Twyford that $11.4M had been committed in Budget 2020 to support the Agritech ITP is massive. You can review the final draft Agritech ITP documentation here: https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/10750-growing-innovative-industries-in-new-zealand-agritech-in-new-zealand-industry-transformation-plan- You can view … Continue reading "Agritech New Zealand is delighted by the NZ Government’s Budget commitment of $11.4M to support the Agritech ITP"
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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 … Continue reading "Learn more about today’s Agritech ITP Workshop in Auckland"
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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"