Farming Hits The Information Super Highway

Farming Hits The Information Super Highway

Victoria Minister for Agriculture & Food Security Peter Walsh

$31 Million Investment To Deliver More Services To Farm Gate

Victor P Taffa

Support and Advice provided by Government to Victoria’s $10 Billion Agricultural Sector is set to be revolutionised under the Victorian Coalition Government.

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh today announced that he had signed off on a $31.3 Million Investment to build a new Information Network.

“The Coalition Government is improving services for farm businesses to reduce the regulatory and administrative burden and streamline the delivery of services.” Mr. Walsh said.

“The system upgrade will bring services and information direct to the farm gate through field-based mobile computing technology.” Mr. Walsh said.

 

“It will improve client case management and boost the profitability and productivity of farm businesses by giving producers better access to information and the latest research and development.”

Mr. Walsh said it was important the Government moved with the times to become more efficient and responsive to industry and producers’ needs.

“This investment means food and fibre producers will be able to conduct business in new ways.” Mr. Walsh said.

“Individual landholders will be able to build and customise their own web portals, accessing the latest research and advice from their home computers.”

Mr. Walsh said DPI staff would also have instant on-farm access to a wealth of services and information through mobile computing equipment.

“Specific information about farmers or their properties can be captured quickly and easily, farmer attendance at an extension event can be confirmed and the progress of a grant application made last week can all be checked, via computer by staff in the field.” Mr. Walsh said.

“These upgrades are important in ensuring that agriculture and the industries which rely on it remain at the cutting edge of technology.”

“We are committed to working with the sector to deliver the information it needs to grow and prosper.” Mr. Walsh said.