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Advanced Production Systems

Stimulating productivity through cropping intensification and innovation programs targeting the whole of horticulture

Hort Innovation is forging partnerships with top local and international researchers, innovators, commercial enterprises and Australian growers through a new and exciting multi-million-dollar Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative – the Advanced Production Systems Fund.

The purpose of the Hort Frontiers Advanced Production Systems Fund is to increase farm productivity and profitability of the Australian horticulture industry by implementing R&D programs in all fruit, vegetable, amenity and nut crops to deliver “future smart farming” systems.

To remain globally competitive, Australian horticultural farms need to significantly increase farm productivity through crop intensification, protection and disruption. Future smart farms will offer state-of-the-art cropping systems, including ultra-high-density plantings and protected cropping, deployment of a plethora of sensor technologies to better manage the input resources and assist growers in the decision making for on farm operations such as fertilisation, irrigation, nutrition and harvest. Farm automation including autonomous tools will be key to improve efficiency and reduce labour requirements. Superior planting materials backed by next-gen innovative genetics and other technologies will lay the foundation of future smart farms.

Read about the current investment in the Hort Frontiers Advanced Production Systems Fund below.

Get involved 

For potential co-investors, partnering with Hort Innovation provides access to world-class research and the peace of mind of project management by a specialised team well-versed in managing large-scale research and development.

The Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for the Advanced Production Systems Fund, available below, is the investment roadmap providing the criteria and boundaries for the Advanced Production Systems Fund and its portfolio investments. It lays the foundation for guiding co-investment decisions, providing a clear vision, mission and investment priorities.

View the Advanced Production Systems Fund SIP or view a simplified version of the SIP as a plan on a page. 

Your investment idea for this fund is welcome

If you are a grower, we invite you to submit your idea through our investment idea form or discuss it with a Hort Innovation employee

If you are an industry participant, delivery partner or researcher we invite you to contact Hort Innovation employee directly to discuss your idea. 

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Expert Advisory Panel

The function of the Hort Frontiers Advanced Production Systems Fund Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) is to provide expert advice and oversight of the fund, including providing input into proposed projects/research and recommendations on potential methods to address future gaps or deficiencies in the existing body of research. The panels provide impartial assessment and commercially relevant scrutiny of research proposals, fostering external confidence in Hort Innovation’s ability to rigorously assess, and provide evidence and merit-based recommendations to the Hort Innovation Board.

Ingrid Roth Roth Rural & Regional
David Bell Hidden Valley Plantations
David Cliffe Narromine Transplants
Edward Fagan Mulyan Pty Ltd
Lachlan Donovan The Avolution
Mark Uebrergang Agromillora
Ian Bally Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Grant Thorpe Plant & Food Research Australia
Byron de Kock (Facilitator) Hort Innovation
Dr Alok Kumar (Facilitator) Hort Innovation

More information
Dr Alok Kumar
Dr Alok Kumar
Business Development Manager, Hort Innovation
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Strategic Intent document
Hort Frontiers Asian Markets Fund
Strategic Intent document
Ongoing and completed projects