Aussie ag-tech start-ups named for India exchange program

Sheep Central, August 9, 2019

Mick Thornett from Solution Blue will be travelling to India in October with four other NSW ag-tech start-ups.

AUSTRALIAN ag-tech start-ups covering electronic animal identification, agronomy and sustainable farming will be promoted in India in an exchange program in October this year.

Five ag-tech startups from NSW have been selected to travel to India in October with the NSW Department of Primary Industries to promote their technology in the world’s fastest growing economy.

DPI group director business development and innovation, Bruce Finney, said the India Ag-tech Exchange 2019 is an immersion program run by DPI’s innovation centre the GATE.

The selected start-ups in the 2019 program include:

Solution Blue – developing sustainable agriculture systems like bug farming and aquaponics for a smarter farming future.

Agtrix – trusted supply chain systems for the agricultural industry from harvest management to onbound logistics.

Agriscan – electronic ID tags to allow farmers to move from mob-based averages to individual animal management. Readers can read multiple animals simultaneously.

Flurosat – the world’s most scalable, predictive agronomic analytics engine.

Collaborative Process Unit – allows early detection of pest or disease infestation and damage using advanced sensors, software and data analytics.

The ag-tech exchange aims to explore the opportunities available to embed start-up technology from NSW in India’s agricultural industry.

Mr Finney said the selected ag-tech companies will visit four Indian cities and more than 20 companies over 13 days with introductions to venture capital, governments, agricultural companies and Indian start-ups.

“This exposure will help these start-ups to develop on a global scale and to better understand market opportunities and constraints.”

“They will also learn what Indian technologies can be used in NSW to increase agricultural benefits, and identify actions that may positively impact NSW agriculture profitability via market development,” he said.

Mr Finney said the India Ag-Tech Exchange program will help develop successful and ongoing relationships between DPI and Indian hubs, to facilitate bilateral exchanges of agricultural technologies.

“As part of the exchange, NSW Treasury – India and DPI will also provide in-country support for an Ag-tech expert to attend the Gate Demo Day in September.

“By building relationships with rapidly growing Indian ag-tech hubs, we will ultimately improve the productivity and profitability of NSW agribusiness.”


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