AgTech Symposium in the South East
AgTech Symposium in the South East today highlights major strengths and opportunities where Agriculture and Technology collide!
The Local Enterprise Offices of the South East Region have coordinated a forward thinking AgTech Symposium held in Thurles today, an initiative funded under the Action Plan for Jobs. Other key stakeholders involved in the event include Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, The Department of Agriculture, Institutes of Technology, Agriforvalour and TSSG to mention but a few. Attendees at the conference included farmers, engineers, AgTech companies, investors, entrepreneurs and those with an interest in emerging technologies for agriculture. The aim of the symposium is to grow, progress and increase profitability with AgTech across the region.
Ireland is extremely progressive in both agriculture and technology and this symposium aims to highlight opportunities that will capitalise on our strengths in the emerging AgTech sector. AgTech is developing at pace across the country and the agencies involved are anxious to bring increased focus to this area in the South and East, that will lead to opportunities, innovation, connections, strategic alliances and targeted supports.
The morning conference saw key industry leaders in agriculture, technology and drivers of AgTech innovation, along with entrepreneurs from successful start-ups, the investor community and farmers who are embracing AgTech on their farms engage in insightful panel discussions.
The conference offered great insight into the future for where agriculture and technology collide in Ireland, by investigating opportunities to grow AgTech, how we can grow and develop ready built technologies to be used in an agricultural capacity and what is the real impact of AgTech on the farm with insights from progressive farmers and companies who are using technology on the farm every day.
The afternoon consisted of 3 unique breakout workshops focusing on Bio-Economy, Automation - Smart Farming and Sensors and GM Engineering.
Speaking at the event Barry Caslin from Teagasc said “Industry has to become smarter through the use of technology to add value along our food supply chains. The farmers leading the way in adopting the new technologies will ultimately accelerate the movement that transforms the global agri-food system into one which will efficiently feed nine billion people by 2050”.