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Hort Innovation is forging partnerships with top local and international researchers, innovators, commercial enterprises and Australian growers through a new and exciting multi-million-dollar Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative – the Advanced Production Systems Fund.

The purpose of the Hort Frontiers Advanced Production Systems Fund is to increase farm productivity and profitability of the Australian horticulture industry by implementing R&D programs in all fruit, vegetable, amenity and nut crops to deliver “future smart farming” systems.

To remain globally competitive, Australian horticultural farms need to significantly increase farm productivity through crop intensification, protection and disruption. Future smart farms will offer state-of-the-art cropping systems, including ultra-high-density plantings and protected cropping, deployment of a plethora of sensor technologies to better manage the input resources and assist growers in the decision making for on farm operations such as fertilisation, irrigation, nutrition and harvest. Farm automation including autonomous tools will be key to improve efficiency and reduce labour requirements. Superior planting materials backed by next-gen innovative genetics and other technologies will lay the foundation of future smart farms.

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