South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub- Innovation Grant
Grower Group Alliance Inc
Project code: PRO-017275
Project stage: Current
Project start date: Friday, March 31, 2023
Project completion date: Saturday, March 9, 2024
National Priority: AFI - AgriFood Innovation
Agricultural production is highly dependent on water and in a drying climate testing water quality is essential to preserve and procure water for a continuing and profitable industry. The South-West Western Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (SWWA Hub) has identified water quality testing improvements as a priority through extensive consultation with its panel of industry experts and leading producers.
Water quality monitoring is an essential activity to maximise efficient water use in crop and livestock production yet is not routinely executed nor are outputs necessarily well understood. This project will provide producers with a multipurpose tool to inform water quality management decisions across multiple sectors and regions. Improved water quality monitoring will increase water availability to producers by identifying water sources of poor quality that are limiting production efficiencies and also for validating new water sources. At a landscape scale water quality monitoring provides critical information to assist farmers in preserving ecosystem health.
This project involves a “Land Lite” pilot leveraging preliminary work (undertaken by the SWWA Hub, current Hub staffing expertise, the Grower Group Alliance (GGA) network, strong partnerships with agricultural technology and landing pad specialist Beanstalk AgTech) to undertake a global technology scouting initiative, develop networks with national and international providers, and encourage producer adoption of improved water quality testing technology and practices.
The piloting of this program is intended to establish a model of scouting for global technologies that can be developed into a comprehensive landing pad. The foundations of this type of program can be expanded to include landing technology enterprises rather than just the technology in Australia with supported market entry programs; other producers challenges; and other states throughout Australia.
Grower Group Alliance Inc
This project seeks to maximise the use of every drop of water available for agricultural production. The key objectives are:
- Refine needs and specific water quality testing technology specifications
- Identification of water quality testing technology providers (local, national and
international) and development of a key sensor technology provider network
- Attraction of key available multipurpose water quality sensor technologies to Australia
- Provision of demonstration trials with grower groups in multiple commodities
- Awareness and adoption of how management decisions can be influenced by increased understanding regarding water quality (e.g. treatment, use of new sources)
- Provide user experience feedback to technology providers to enhance service provision and technology adoption.