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WA businesses head to leading ag-tech conference

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Tuesday, 11. February 2020 - 14:15

Western Australian ag-tech companies and start-ups will explore what’s next in the agrifood technology space at next week’s international event, evokeAG, in Melbourne.

Four investor-ready businesses, with interests in vertical farming, precision fertiliser application, digital supply chain solutions and biosecurity, will attend this week’s conference with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Laconik, LIVEstock Pricing, Urbotanica and MALDI-ID received a package of up to $1500 to support their attendance at evokeAG, following a statewide expression of interest process.

Department Agribusiness, Food and Trade Executive Director Liam O’Connell said the two-day event provided a platform for the food and agriculture sector to connect with international innovators and investors, exchange information and learn how technology can shape the future.

“EvokeAG is the Asia Pacific region’s largest agtech event, and will provide these innovative businesses the opportunity to meet with potential investors and partners, and further the progress of their ag-tech startup ventures,” Mr O’Connell said.

“DPIRD is a strategic partner of AgriFutures Australia’s evokeAG 2020 conference.

“Through this partnership, we are keen to highlight WA as an investment destination to international and domestic stakeholders including investors and agtech businesses. This, in addition to supporting our investor ready businesses to attend, really highlights WA’s capability.”

The department is also supporting two regionally-based Regional Development Commission staff to attend the world-class event.

AgriFutures Australia’s evokeAG event runs 18 to 19 February 2020.

WA business participants in evokeAG
WA business participants in evokeAG - Rob Kelly, LIVEstock Pricing, Sophie de Meyer, MALDI-ID, Myles Barnard, Urbotanica, John McGreadie, Laconik and Brendan Jackson, MALDI-ID, with Peter May, of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (second from left).

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