New online platform to connect Aussie agricultural innovation to the world
A centralised online digital platform showcasing opportunities in Australian agricultural innovation has been launched to drive investment, commercialisation and make research and development outcomes transparent for levy payers and the community.
Launched on 12 April, GrowAG was developed by statutory corporation Agrifutures Australia with the support of the 14 other Research and Development Corporations through a $2 million Australian Government grant.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said growAG will showcase success stories, research projects and commercial opportunities in one centralised location.
“This window is open now for the rest of the world to see the range of agricultural innovations Australia has on offer today and into the future,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Investors, researchers and farmers from Australia and the rest of the world can now easily locate information and opportunities to further deliver innovation back to the farm and the food supply-chain,” he said.
He explained that this will help drive investment in Australian agricultural research and development, and open up more commercialisation opportunities.
“Our farmers will be just a few clicks away from learning more about the latest research on how to manage aggressive weeds and understand the known impact of the recent bushfires on disease, pests and beneficial organisms.”
Minister Littleproud continued that farmers can now see their levy-funded research projects from across their 15 Research and Development Corporations in one location using filters to search across different commodities.
“Companies and investors can also see commercial opportunities from the research and development in areas such as automatic harvesting of mangoes and yield prediction of grapevines,” he said.
“It also provides an opportunity to inspire young people and bring them back into farming and related services in rural and regional locations,” he further explained.
Representing a $2 million Australian Government grant, growAG will help connect research and development outcomes to Australians and the world, opening an online window to Aussie agricultural innovation.
“This is innovation driving innovation in support of industry’s ambitious target of $100 billion in production by 2030,” Minister Littleproud concluded.
Source: Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management media release