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Loxton AgTech demo farm opens doors to future

Wednesday 22 July 2020

The Marshall Liberal Government is calling on all suppliers of AgTech to put forward their products and apply to be showcased at the Loxton AgTech demonstration farm.


The State Government's second AgTech demonstration farm at Loxton was launched last month with four initial technologies from D3Ag, MEA, Tevatronic and CropX on hand to help show producers in the region the productivity benefits from taking up innovative technology.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the horticulturally focused research farm is now seeking more technologies to be showcased at Loxton.

"Our recent AgTech survey highlighted the need from primary producers to be able to look, feel and touch new technologies so they can understand how that technology can benefit their farm," said Minister Whetstone.

"We are opening the call for technology providers to express their interest in being involved in the AgTech demonstration farm at Loxton to encourage greater adoption by primary producers.

"AgTech could save our farmers money, increase their profitability, productivity and improve their sustainability.

"We see AgTech as a key to unlocking the potential of South Australia's agricultural sector, but we know our primary producers want to see how AgTech can work for them.

"That's why we've established AgTech demonstration sites, starting at Struan and Kybybolite and now at Loxton, so primary producers can experience these AgTech products first-hand. "There are AgTech products already installed at the Struan and Kybybolite sites, and we expect more will arrive in the coming months. Expressions of interest are still open for those interested. "We're now inviting expressions of interest from AgTech suppliers to showcase technologies at the newly established Loxton AgTech demonstration site.

"If you have a commercially available technology that you think has application across South

Australia's horticulture, viticulture, and agriculture industries, we want to work with you to showcase those benefits to our farmers."

The Loxton AgTech demonstration site is part of the Loxton Research Centre and farm. Farmers and growers will be able to attend the Loxton AgTech demonstration site to experience AgTech solutions on a working farm.

Expression of Interests for technology are now open and will be accepted on an ongoing basis. To apply visit pir.sa.gov.au/agtech-eoi

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