Spotlight on technology

By Country News

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture will present the latest innovations and technologies for the precision agriculture sector at its upcoming event, GFIA in Focus.

The Federal Government’s emphasis on Australian agriculture to become a $100billion industry by 2030 means a key focus for the industry in unlocking new technology, supported by a favourable tax and policy environment for innovation.

GFIA In Focus is Australia’s largest agricultural innovation event, playing host to technologies such as computer and mobile-based apps, GPS mapping and other new technologies to help farmers collect data, manage risk, increase yields, save time and cut costs.

Data analytics platform FluroSat’s Anastasia Volkova will join a host of guests discussing everything from smart irrigation and big data to robotics and virtual reality.

Ms Volkova said there had been major technological advances which might have ‘‘hugely beneficial implications for agriculture’’.

She also believed there was a strong case for embracing new technologies, especially in the face of extreme conditions.

‘‘Robustness is the key characteristic needed for agricultural systems, especially in the face of adverse weather like drought,’’ she said.

■GFIA in Focus is on in Brisbane from November 27 to 28. To register your attendance or to find out more, visit