A seminar outlining future technologies including advanced robotics and microwave weed control measures will take be held on Wednesday 9 May for Australian vegetable and potato growers at Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Hobart, Tasmania.

With the global population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050, food producers are increasingly turning to advanced technology to improve their efficiency and output.

“This seminar will educate Australian growers about some of the advanced technologies being developed which may assist them with remaining efficient, productive and economically viable in the future,” said AUSVEG spokesperson Hugh Gurney.
AUSVEG is the National Peak Industry Body for Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.

Presenters at the seminar will include Associate Professor Salah Sukkarieh from the University of Sydney robotics department, nanotechnology expert Dr Terry Turney from Melbourne’s Monash University, international genetic modification expert Dr Roger Hellens from New Zealand Plant & Food Research and microwave technology exert Dr Graham Brodie from the University of Melbourne.

Also to present at the seminar is CSIRO’s Dr Mala Gamage and representatives from the international award winning research and development departments of John Deere and Netafim, the world’s leading drip Irrigation Company.

“This seminar, which will be held at the Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Hobart, from 10:30am – 4:45pm, will outline what these technological developments are and how they can be used to address these issues set to face our vegetable growers,” said Mr Gurney.

“Leading scientists and industry specialists will be able to discuss the possible advantages and disadvantages of these technologies on equal terms in this open forum style seminar, resulting in a better understanding for the attendees on both sides of the spectrum.”

“We are hoping that this seminar will not only succeed in providing important information to the growers themselves, but to the researchers and industry specialists who will benefit from close interaction and discussion with the calibre of vegetable and potato growers in attendance,” said Mr Gurney.

This project has been funded by Horticulture Australia Limited using the National Vegetable Levy and matched funds from the Australian Government.

MEDIA CONTACT: Hugh Gurney – Communications Officer, AUSVEG Phone: (03) 9822 0388, Mobile: 0410 047 432, Email: hugh.gurney@ausveg.com.au