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Innovation on display for Riverina vegie growers

The latest innovations in vegie growing are set to be showcased at a major field day in the Riverina next week.

A partnership between Local Land Services and industry, the event will include on farm robotics demonstrations, information on solar power technologies as well as the use of drones in irrigated vegetable production.

Senior Land Services officer Justin Vardanega said the field day would show growers these technologies at work in the field at a Yoogali vegetable farm.

“This is really about bringing growers and industry together to showcase what the future could look like for vegie farmers as well as exploring the incredible opportunities that technology can bring to the agricultural industry as a whole,” he said.

“We are particularly excited to be able to showcase the Robot for Intelligent Perception and Precision Application (RIPPA) in action thanks to the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR).

“The RIPPA is a production prototype robot that can be used with other technology to automatically apply the correct dose of fluid required anywhere on the farm at high speed. It is aimed at helping farmers boost productivity through reduced input costs and improved information quality for more informed decision making.”

Mr Vardanega said it was also a great opportunity to demonstrate new and emerging technologies such as drones and solar powered applications.

“This event is a key part of the VegNet NSW project we are delivering in partnership with Horticulture Innovation Australia to deliver the latest research and development findings to growers and industry throughout the state,” he said.

The Riverina Vegetable Innovation Field Day will be held on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 from 10am to 2.30 pm at 86B Hawkins Road, Yoogali.

To register visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/riverina-vegetable-innovation-field-day-tickets-35391723598 (entry is free with a bbq lunch provided).

Media contact: Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138 M: 0448 953 755

Caption: The RIPPA prototype robot will in action at the field day.