Western Australia is proudly supporting agtech

Page last updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2023 - 4:14pm

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Technology has always been at the forefront of Western Australia’s agricultural industry to enable better, faster and more sustainable food production.

The Western Australian Government through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is committed to attracting investment into Western Australia’s agtech industries.

What is agtech?

Agtech or agritech is the use of developing technology, digital solutions or innovative products that address an identified need in agriculture, food or beverage production in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture with the aim of improving yield, efficiency and profitability.

Agricultural technology can be products, services or applications derived from agriculture that improve various food production and distribution processes including:

  • Artificial intelligence solutions.
  • Automation, robotics or autonomous vehicles.
  • Data or image capture and analysis.
  • Digital connectivity solutions.
  • Farm management.
  • Food processing, food traceability or innovative food packaging technology.
  • New or alternate foods or plant based proteins.
  • Novel farming or food production systems.
  • Water or irrigation management.

Agtech support available and upcoming programs

DPIRD has invested in and partnered with a range of programs and capability building initiatives to capitalise on the growth of technology and support businesses and individuals who are using agtech. In 2023 the Department will be supporting the following initiatives:

  • Harvest Accelerator — AgriStart
  • Educational scholarships - in 2023 the Department will again provide opportunities for agtech innovators to attend Curtin University's Ignition Program.
  • evokeAG in Perth - DPIRD will be working with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a diverse program of inbound visits and side events for this major event. See below for more details.

evokeAG. 2024 - Exceptional Edge

The Asia-Pacific region's premier agrifood tech event AgriFutures evokeAG. is heading to Perth in 2024. The conference will attract agrifood innovators from around the world such as farmers, processors, innovators, accelerators, start-ups, researchers, universities, corporates, Government and investors.

AgriFutures Australia, owner of evokeAG., will partner with the WA Government to connect national and international representatives, and to showcase innovation.

evokeAG. will be held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 20 and 21 February 2024.

Register for evokeAG. 2024 here.

evokeAG. 2024 WA Side Event Funding available

Are you interested in developing an inbound delegation and/or side event for evokeAG. 2024? ​

The Department’s evokeAG. project team wants to hear from you! Please get in touch with us ASAP to discuss your idea.

DPIRD's ‘evokeAG. 2024 WA Side Event Funding Program' will provide up to $10,000 funding for events that support the promotion of trade and investment prospects for Western Australia in occasion of evokeAG. 2024.  

Apply for WA side event funding here.

Read funding Guidelines here.

The DPIRD evokeAG. project team will maintain close contact with all stakeholders as the event week approaches.

Contact - evokeAG. 2024 Team

Email:   evokeag.wa2024@dpird.wa.gov.au

Phone: 08 6319 3693