Western Growers links to New Zealand agtech group
Western Growers has a new partnership with Agritech New Zealand, giving New Zealand specialty crop growers access to technology in the U.S. and opportunities for research in New Zealand in the U.S. off season.
A Memordandum of Understanding signed by Western Growers and Agritech New Zealand provides agtech companies there market research and âopens doors for New Zealand agtech companies to enter the U.S. market viaâ the Western Growersâ Center for Innovation & Technology in Salinas, Calif., according to a news release. U.S. agtech startups can also access New Zealandâs market and opportunities.
Agritech New Zealand members will have access to the centerâs services, which include training, mentorship, seminars and events with Western Growers members in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico.
âWe are currently facing a myriad of issues that are severely impacting agriculture and the production of food globally,â Hank Giclas, Western Growersâ senior vice president, strategic planning, science & technology, said in the release. âBuilding a two-way bridge for agricultural technology will result in international collaboration where we can create, transfer and share knowledge and experiences about new technologies that can help solve the industryâs most pressing issues.â
The center will work with Agritech New Zealand to evaluate opportunities to conduct research and development trials with New Zealand grower during the Northern Hemisphereâs off season, according to the release.
âConnecting our agriculture innovation ecosystems will benefit innovators, growers, investors, regulators, research ers and public stakeholders not only in our two countries, but around the globe,â Peter Wren-Hilton, executive director of Agritech New Zealand, said in the release.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Agritech New Zealand has discussed the partnership with Western Growers two years ago. The agreement was signed during a trade mission of about 30 New Zealand agritech companies to California.
New Zealand companies Biolumic, of Palmerston North, and TracMap, Dunedin, have space at the Western Growers center, according to the Herald, and three more are scheduled to use the centerâs services. Biolumic has developed ultra-violet technology to spur seedling growth in greenhouses, and this spring received $5 million in investor funding. Robotics Plus, a future tenant at the Western Growers center, has received funding from Yamaha Ventures, Salinas, according to the Herald.Related Topics: