Australia should be makers, not takers

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The case for a strong and independent Australian Agritech industry

A vibrant, independent Australian AgriTech industry is critical in helping Australian primary producers unlock the value that digital technology promises.

Despite this, and a stated objective to achieve a $20B boost to productivity through the adoption of digital agriculture technologies, conversations around digital agriculture often lead to concerns about data rights, privacy, connectivity, and pathways to improve adoption such that farmers reap the rewards. These concerns are well-founded. 

The best solution to address these valid concerns lies in Australian primary producers supporting and being meaningfully involved in the growth of a vibrant, independent agritech industry in Australia. In other words, we must be makers of agrifood technology in Australia, not just takers. In doing so we can customise technology and applications that are designed and fit for how Australian agribusiness works.

This not only means improvements to domestic yields and efficiency gains, but also realising the potential for Australian farmers to participate in opportunities for new revenue streams and access novel and resilient supply chains. Being makers of agritech ensures Aussie farmers will be rewarded for being part of our transition toward a net zero future. 

If we don’t act now to engage with, and ensure proper support for the emerging Australian Agritech industry, then our agriculture sector risks being limited to adopting innovations that have been developed by and for other markets. Our farmers will be takers, and we will risk leaving a $20B opportunity to the whims of offshore agritech industries who may see Australian Farmers and Agriculture as a secondary priority.

This is not the future we believe in. Instead, we fully support the need for an independent and viable agritech industry in Australia generating Australian jobs, IP and capital. In turn those companies can collaborate and guide international technologists for the benefit of Aussie Farmers now and into the future. 

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