Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Internet of Things DecisionAg grants to drive agtech

    10/04/2019 12:30 PM
     
    • 15 Internet of Things DecisionAg grants awarded to growers groups and agricultural colleges
    • Grants to help stimulate innovation and advance development and adoption of agricultural technology in WA 

    Agtech in Western Australia is set for a major boost, with 13 growers groups and agricultural colleges to receive a McGowan Government's 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.

     

    A full list of the recipients and their projects are available at https://agric.wa.gov.au/n/7308

     

    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

     

    "This is an exciting initiative that will help WA agribusinesses remain at the forefront of advancements in digital technology in a rapidly changing market.

     

    "It complements a range of other McGowan Government programs driving new technology innovations in WA, including the Digital Farm Grants program aimed at delivering high-quality, reliable broadband services to agricultural enterprises and regional communities.

     

    "The IoT program will encourage and accelerate new approaches to digital connectivity, agtech apps and devices and data analytics.

     

    "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."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6200

     

    INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT) DECISIONAG GRANTS

     

    RECIPIENTGRANT AMOUNT - MATCHING FUNDSPROJECT
    GROWER GROUPS
    South East Premium Wheatgrowers Association (Esperance)$39,770Putting data to use: on-farm sensors
    Corrigin Farm Improvement Group$39,900Using weather data, frost sensors and NPK Soil Moisture probes for in-season management
    Lake Grace Development Association$45,000Farm wide Wi-Fi Network: LIFT-ing awareness of IoT technologies
    Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group $45,000Broadband in the paddock: it's possible
    Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group $45,000The Digital Rain Gauge Network project
    Mingenew Irwin Group$44,200Remote sensing for increased efficiency and productivity
    Moore Catchment Council$20,000Agricultural sensors on farm practicality
    Stirlings to Coast Farmers$45,000Smart Farming (Cropping) Demonstration Site
    Stirlings to Coast Farmers$45,000Smart Farming Demonstration Site Pasture and Cropping Systems
    Yuna Farm Improvement Group$39,690Measure of soil plant available water for improved tactical cropping decision making to maximise profit  
    SECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
    Esperance Senior High School$5,461Esperance Farm Training Centre: AgTech Infrastructure Solution
    WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin $35,000Cunderdin AgConnect
    WA College of Agriculture - Morawa$44,650Developing on-farm IoT technology at the WA College of Agriculture Morawa
    Kiara College$44,512Kiara College Pasture Improvement Program
    Edmund Rice College (Bindoon)$44,650Supporting training and education in on-farm technologies