College benefits as funds granted

Grant: WA College of Agriculture receives $35,000. Photo: Supplied.
Grant: WA College of Agriculture receives $35,000. Photo: Supplied.

The WA College of Agriculture in Cunderdin has received a $35,000 state government Internet of Things 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.

"This is an exciting initiative that will help WA agribusinesses remain at the forefront of advancements in digital technology in a rapidly changing market," agriculture and food minister Alannah MacTiernan said.

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