Here are some examples of how advanced technologies are being applied in the Food & Agriculture sector…
Monitoring crops/stock via phone apps ➔ Saving time and labour costs
Monitoring and analysing soil and environmental data ➔ Maximising natural resources, enabling proactive management, improving soil carbon
Data for predictive modelling to guide robotics, automation and planning ➔ Improving efficiency/yield and reducing use of water, pesticides, fertilisers and energy
Operating farms 24/7 via remote computers and hand-held devices ➔ Saving time and labour costs, improving responsiveness to environmental changes
Automating processes such as seed planting, weed control, spraying, ploughing, harvesting, sorting, mustering stock, etc ➔ Improving human safety for higher risk activities. Increasing efficiency and consistency of crop production and processing
Identifying pests, pathogens & disease ➔ Diagnosing issues rapidly, reducing use of chemicals and improving productivity
Developing vaccines and treatments ➔ Improving health of crops, stock or soil while helping to reduce agricultural losses
Improving resilience/resistance to drought, heat, salt, extreme conditions ➔ Adapting to climate change, reducing losses of crops/stock, protecting the natural environment
Improving soil health, productivity and crop accessibility ➔ Increasing yields, improving natural resources, supporting community needs
Developing smart, regenerative materials and processes ➔ Reducing materials, waste and energy. Nurturing partnerships between industry and researchers to develop and commercialise products for competitive exports.
Below are a few examples of how organisations in this sector are using sustainability strategies and technologies.
Bio-fertilisers for better soil health and productivity
Drone data for proactive farm management
Sun-roasted coffee for better taste and lower energy