Technology's Role in Farms of the Future

Technology's Role in Farms of the Future

26 September 2016

This article, published by provides insight into technology and how it is being applied successfully to agricultural practise in New Zealand.

Precision agriculture has a lot to offer - and that doesn’t mean rubber chicken…

Agriculture, forestry and fishing contributes a good 6.1 percent to the country’s GDP. At the same time, the information and communications technology sector contributes some 8 percent, according to NZTech. What happens when the two are brought together?

Not necessarily an easy one to answer, but there are people working on that, among them Craige Mackenzie, chair of Precision Agriculture Association of New Zealand (PAANZ). “There is growing interest in the benefits of precision agriculture for environmental and financial viability of our New Zealand farms but we have a challenge ahead to get greater engagement with more farmers and companies in this sector,” he said in a statement.

That’s consistent with a view expressed recently by TUANZ CEO Craig Young.

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