Western Australian ag-tech companies and start-ups explored what's next in the agrifood technology space at this week's international event, evoke AG, in Melbourne.
Four investor-ready businesses, with interests in vertical farming, precision fertiliser application, digital supply chain solutions and biosecurity, attended the 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 evoke AG , following a statewide expression of interest process.
Department Agribusiness, Food and Trade executive cirector 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.
"Evoke AG is the Asia Pacific region's largest agtech event, and provided 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 also supported two regionally-based Regional Development Commission staff to attend the world-class event.
AgriFutures Australia's evoke AG event ran on February 18 and 19, 2020.