Following a growing awareness of the benefits of Precision Agriculture in NZ, on-going research by a number of organisations into PA over a number of years, and in response to feedback gained from two forums in 2011, we have now established Precision Agriculture Association NZ Inc.
The establishment of this association recognises the growing interest among stakeholders to understand the scope of activities being undertaken by various organisations and individuals in the area of PA and our primary goal will be to advance PA in New Zealand.
To date the working committee established earlier this year with this intention in mind has been undertaking a number of tasks to establish Precision Agriculture as a formalised entity in New Zealand.
The working committee, whose time is all voluntary, are working towards a formalised launch of the Precision Agriculture Association in early 2013 and inaugural Annual General Meeting to elect the committee to take it forwards.
Precision Agriculture NZ Inc. will connect participants in the Precision Agriculture value chain to one common organisation – land users, researchers, commercial companies, Regional Councils, primary industry organisations, rural professionals and students. Its focus will be on increasing the uptake of PA technologies in land-based primary production systems, accessing funding for research and the development of PA technologies, building capability within the sector and promoting adoption of PA through industry events, symposiums and field days.
We look forward to communicating with you further as we progress toward a formal launch of the organisation.