(Unfortunately the Digital Agriculture Investment Scheme is now fully subscribed, we will keep an ear out for further rounds)
The recent rollout of the Digital Agriculture Investment Scheme is exciting news for farmers in Victoria. Regardless of whether you’ve managed to apply and be accepted for one of the grants available or not, the fact that the Victorian Government is now starting to help farmers access valuable technology for their farms is such a great step towards simplifying current processes and improving quality of practices throughout the agricultural sector.
What is the Digital Agriculture Investment Scheme?
The Digital Agriculture Investment Scheme is an initiative created by the Victorian Government with an aim to support farmers in accessing and learning how to utilise digital tools on their farms to help improve sustainability, competitiveness, long-term viability and productivity.
$10million has been committed to the Scheme with grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 on offer.
The various grants have been created to address digital barriers in the agriculture sector including:
- Lack of connectivity (introducing means of digital connection on farms)
- Lack of digital knowledge (coaching and support for farmers wanting to learn about employing digital technologies on their farms)
- Lack of capital to invest in digital technologies (contributing to the cost of accessing various apps and devices like drones)
How can drones help farmers?
Drones have been used for a variety of purposes across farms in Australia with new uses constantly in development. They have been proven to help increase efficiency and accuracy of farming data. Current uses for drones in farming include:
- Assessment of crop maturity
- Assessment of ground cover
- Assessment of soil colour
- Estimation of yield
- Assisting in 3D mapping for various developments and land levelling
- And much more!
There are some serious arguments for putting your funding towards drone technology. So, if you’re thinking of applying for an agricultural technology grant, get in touch for a quote so you can add a drone to your application.
If you’re interested in speaking with our resident drone expert, Meg, please do reach out via mobile or email.
Mobile: 0492 979 491
You can also take a look at our extensive range of high-quality farming drones here.