Agtech on the agenda

Western Australia is set to see its first agtech-focused accelerator program, with nine of the state’s agtech companies selected to participate.

The Harvest Agtech Accelerator program, supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, is designed to support new and innovative technologies to help the state’s agriculture and food industries and support increased production, drive efficiencies and food security and traceability.

Agriculture and Food minister Alannah MacTiernan said the state government wanted create a supportive environment for businesses trying to develop ideas and technologies and commercialise their products.

“Advancing technology and innovation is essential to support the State’s food producers, processors and distributors to increase the value of our food production,” she said.

“Our local agtech companies have the opportunity to come up with innovative technology-based solutions to make our agriculture and food industry more efficient, and capitalise on opportunities in growing export markets.”

Among the technologies chosen to partake in the program are a new precision farming approach, wind power, using food technology to turn insects into food for human consumption and the use of drones.

The nine-week program, delivered by Agristart, will include local and international experts to mentor, advise and provide valuable networks to participants.

With a focus on accelerating the development of each business to prepare for commercialisation, the program will conclude with a concept pitch from each company to a panel of experts.

The companies selected include Convergio, GeoMoby, Grubs Up, MALDIID, Mapizy, P&A Pan, Precision Agronomics Australia, Scientific Aerospace and Windturbine.