Platform: LIFT ENTREPRENEUR-ISM & INNOVATION

To lift underperforming businesses, improving regional productivity, sustainability and prosperity

“The Great South Coast Council aims to build within our region a productivity culture where best practice is adopted smartly and innovations are tried and implemented as they develop. This Innovative culture will create a vibrant and resilient industry which evolves and grows meeting challenges and adapts to seize opportunity.”

Within the Great South Coast region there is massive latent capacity to increase farmgate and food manufacturing output from the region across all our sectors. With an estimated 40 % of food and farming businesses who are not participating in best practice industry programs to grow or lift productivity, there is great potential to simply adopt latest best practice.  Assisting this cohort and those who can adapt to lift their performance will unlock potential for considerable economic growth and economic value creation for the region.

While there is much business improvement activity being driven by industry bodies, there are many businesses on the fringes that do not participate and ‘fall through the cracks’.

The GSC already exports over 30% of its food and fibre outputs. Many current exporters are passive ‘price takers’ and not export-capable in their own right. With growing global demand for the region’s products, there is scope to produce and export more differentiated products from both large and small enterprises.

Building tomorrow’s leadership and fostering innovation is a key goal of the Great South Coast Food & Fibre Council.  The annual hosting of “Innovation Day”, in conjunction with industry partners, has been identified as one measure to boost innovation in the region by presenting cutting edge technology and best practice across all categories. Further, the development of fresh innovation and invention in the region will be fostered through the new program “Unearthed”.

Latest updates

PRECISION FARMING PLATFORMS AND EQUIPMENT UPDATE

Selecting a precision farming platform can be a major decision for a primary producer. As the overall cost of precision hardware and software has generally decreased, its uptake has increased, driven by the search for efficiency and using less inputs.  Kondidin group looks at the latest technology on offer in its research report here

PUSH FOR CO2 NEUTRAL PRODUCTION PUSHED IN HORTICULTURE ACROSS THE GLOBE

The push for CO2 neutral production is being pushed in horticulture space across the globe. Leading Dutch glasshouse provider Van der Hoeven remains at forefront.  In this newsletter they have been contracted by Costa’s to expand the Guyra tomato facility to some 40 hectares. Closed loop horticultural production under a covered and controlled environment is […]

DIGITAL INNOVATION AND SMART AGRICULTURE TO BE CELEBRATED

From 20-24th May the Southern Grampians Shire Council will host the inaugural Greater Hamilton Digital Innovation and Smart Agriculture (DISA) 2019 Festival leveraging off their experience as a regional area undergoing a digital transformation program for the community. The primary focus of the Festival is to showcase how rural communities are embracing new technology and […]