Agtech in Western Australia is set for a major boost, with 13 growers groups and agricultural colleges to receive a State government Internet of Things (IoT) DecisionAg grant.
A total of $582,833 has been provided to eight grower groups and five secondary education institutions from across the agricultural regions to explore a range of agtech opportunities and challenges.
The grants will assist recipients to trial connectivity solutions and internet-based technology, including IoT apps and devices and systems to collate, store and analyse generated data.
Initiatives include using remote sensors to monitor and collect real time weather and soil moisture conditions, investigating Wi-Fi repeaters and long range low power networks, and establishing Smart Farming demonstration sites.
The outcomes from the IoT program will be shared broadly so other WA agribusinesses and the regional community can benefit from lessons learned.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said it was an exciting project that would help WA agribusinesses remain at the forefront of advancements in digital technology in a rapidly changing market.
"The IoT program will encourage and accelerate new approaches to digital connectivity, agtech apps and devices and data analytics," Ms MacTiernan said.
"Agtech is an essential component of modern business and the McGowan Government is committed to ensuring our regions are well-equipped with the right infrastructure and support to optimise its potential and give WA agribusinesses a competitive edge."