An association specialising in agritech and innovation said Australia's agriculture industry is lagging behind its international counterparts in terms of technological advancement and innovation.
Australian Agritech Association chairman Andrew Coppin said that while Australia punches above its weight in terms of production, export and quality, it's missing the agritech wave.
"As a nation, we're rightly proud of our farming industry," Mr Coppin said.
"Our produce is lauded worldwide for its superb quality and agriculture plays an important role in our economy.
"But when it comes to agritech, we're lagging behind and it's not due to a lack of ideas."
Mr Coppin said agritech supports agricultural industries with technological innovations that either reduce waste, cost and time or improve productivity, enhance efficiency, boost yield and increase profitability.
A recently published report by Parliament's Agriculture and Water Resource Committee found new technologies will be crucial for the agriculture industry to reach the National Farmers' Federation's $100 billion farmgate target by 2030.
The report includes recommendations aimed at promoting adoption of innovative new technologies, developing a national biosecurity strategy, increasing export market access for Australian producers and attracting young people to undertake a career in agriculture.
Mr Coppin said a disconnect exists between the goals of tomorrow and the innovation culture of today.
"We already have some world-leading innovative agritech solutions in place, but we need to do better to ensure we capture opportunities and secure significant growth in this sector," he said.
The Australian Agritech Association, a membership-based association, was established to create a prosperous future for Australian agrifood innovation.
Mr Coppin said there are three elements Australia needs to implement to take advantage of the momentum in global agritech.
"As a country, we're not organised or focused in our agritech efforts," he said.
"We need a strong, joined-up strategy in place, developed in collaboration with all stakeholders, to drive commercial research and development and support investment into the sector."
Scaling up and expanding existing solutions through public and private investment instead of spending time on new, super-early ideas and encouraging farmers with incentives to adopt new agritech solutions are also part of AAA's strategies.
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