There is never a week that passes that someone doesn’t murmur “wouldn’t it be a good idea if we had a Riverland and Mallee Primary Producers Business Centre” (RaMPP)

Bouquets this week to Mark Bell, Economic Development Officer at the Renmark and Paringa Council. Mark invited interested individuals and small groups to meet with representatives of one of the world’s largest technology companies and one the smallest. The large company was IBM, explaining how the emergence of block chain technology has the potential to offer wide ranging opportunities and benefits for primary producers and processors. The small company was R4 Robotics from Queensland; a start-up company specialising in a range of robotic solutions for orchards and vineyards.

Earlier in the week another entrepreneurial Australian company, The Yield, visited Riverland Wine to show ‘n tell the systems they have developed and integrated using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and a range of remote sensors with a focus on weather predictions, soil and crop data. All of these companies are keen to work with Riverland horticulturalists, viticulturists and broadacre farmers to illustrate how smart farming is becoming more accessible, more affordable and more imperative for farmers of all crops.  

It makes an awful lot of sense for this region’s primary producers to work together to support these modern farming initiatives, to reduce risk and improve productivity and efficiency using the technology to estimate, predict and manage crops with much greater precision.

The arguments for a RaMPP will only become louder.

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