Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford was in Tel Aviv, Israel last week to assess what lessons Victoria can learn from the country’s agricultural innovators.
The trip provided an opportunity to meet with Israel’s top agritech companies, learn from their experiences and see how their renowned technologies can be used to improve Victoria’s farming practices.
The trip included a visit to the University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Agriculture to gain an insight into their breakthrough research in drip irrigation and fertigation, agriculture waste recycling technologies and improved taste, shelf life and disease resistance for fruit and vegetables.
One of the highlights was meeting with the Trendlines Group which showcased some of its latest technologies, including a next-generation robotic milking system for cost-effective high performance automatic milking for dairy farms.
Other areas of interest included irrigation, pest and disease detection, soil genetic research to improve crop tolerance, crop nutrition and tactical decision making for farm businesses in response to weather.
Ms Pulford also met with Israel’s key medicinal cannabis industry leaders to discuss opportunities for collaboration to further develop Victoria’s industry.