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Queensland Unveils New Digital Transformation Grant

Queensland’s persimmon industry will gain greater market and production data insights thanks to a Digital Transformation Grant as part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

The Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities stated that Persimmons Australia would use its A$ 42,800 grant to develop the new digital platform by June next year. These grants were established under Queensland’s Economic Recovery plan to help the local agricultural industries make better use of digital technologies and access new opportunities.

The COVID-19 Pandemic created serious challenges for the agriculture sector, but the Queensland Government has worked closely with industry to find solutions for emerging problems and stand shoulder to shoulder with our farmers. The grant to Persimmons Australia will support an A$ 85,600 project that will include:

  • Final development, trialling and adoption of a digital reporting system to inform and direct activities around supply, packaging and price negotiations; and
  • Engage producers to improve industry communication and cooperation.

The grant means better outcomes for the Persimmon industry, which has growers from Far North Queensland all the way to the Sunshine Coast and Lockyer Valley. The President of Persimmons Australia stated that the organisation was excited to refine and roll out its digital online data exchange system for market intelligence across the industry.

The program will allow Persimmons Australia to work closely with its growers to build their trust and confidence in using digital technologies. He believes there is enormous scope for the industry to benefit from increased knowledge around market intelligence. It will drive a more market-focused industry, he added.

The Minister said a total of A$ 5.5 million is being invested over three years through the Digital Transformation in Agribusiness Initiative. This funding, as part of the government’s COVID-19 economic recovery strategy, will support agribusinesses to become digitally aware and ready to respond to future disruptions.

Digital technology creates new ways of doing things that add value to the agricultural sector by working more precisely, efficiently and sustainably. It offers innovative ways to connect producers to consumers, reduce problems related to remoteness in rural communities, and attract the next generation to jobs in the industry.

There is strong interest from the industry in the first round of the Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grant Program. There were 22 applications received and the diversity of project proposals demonstrates the opportunities digital technologies create for the sector.

OpenGov Asia recently reported that Queensland’s agriculture industry will have a new workplace health and safety tool thanks to a Digital Transformation Grant as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.

The Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities said the Central Highlands Regional Resources Use Planning Cooperative (CHRRUP) would use its A$ 38,500 grant to develop the SafeStation app, which is custom-made for agriculture being used mostly by clients in Central Queensland.

The grant to CHRRUP will support a A$ 78,000 project that will include:

  • Enhancing the digital skills of agriculture businesses;
  • Keep on-farm safety processes simple and practical; and
  • Give employees and property owners vital safety information 24/7 via their smartphone or tablet.

Under a co-investment model, grants of up to $200,000 were offered for projects that enhance digital skills, drive business efficiencies and create regional jobs across Queensland. The approved grants of $1.045 million are for projects that use a range of technologies including the Internet of Things, cloud computing, intelligent apps, big data, automation, artificial intelligence and sensors.

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