The purpose of the Advanced Production Systems Fund is to increase farm productivity and profitability of the Australian horticulture industry by helping deliver “future smart farming” systems.
To remain globally competitive, Australian horticultural farms need to
significantly increase farm productivity through crop intensification,
protection and disruption. Future smart farms will offer state-of-the-art
cropping systems, including ultra-high density plantings and protected
cropping; deployment of a plethora of sensor technologies to better manage
the input resources, and assist growers in the decision making for on farm
operations such as fertilisation, irrigation, nutrition and harvest.
Farm automation including autonomous tools will be key to improve
efficiency and reduce labour requirements. Superior planting materials
backed by next-gen innovative genetics and other technologies will lay the
foundation of future smart farms.
If you’ve got an idea for research and development in the farming technology space, we’d love to hear from you. To make sure your concept is eligible, please read the Strategic Intent Document
EXPERT ADVISORY PANEL
Each Hort Frontiers Fund is guided by an Expert Advisory Panel (EAP). The EAP for the Advanced Production Systems Fund is:
Ingrid Roth, Roth Rural & Regional; David Bell, Hidden Valley Plantations; David Cliffe, Narromine Transplants; Edward Fagan, Mulyan Pty Ltd; Lachlan Donovan, The Avolution; Mark Uebrergang, Agromillora; Ian Bally, DAF Qld; Grant Thorpe, Plant & Food Research Australia; and Alok Kumar, Hort Innovation.