ACCC: Technology Challenges Are Standing in the Way of Australian Farmers

Connectivity, interoperability, data portability, and data rights are the technology challenges that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) believes has hindered the widespread adoption of digital technologies for agricultural businesses, writes Aimee Chanthadavong at ZDNet.

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During an address to the “Growing a Digital Future for Australian Agriculture National Forum” on Monday, ACCC commissioner Mick Keogh said the adoption of digital technologies by agricultural businesses can facilitate improved productivity, and ultimately continued growth for the sector. “In the past, Australian agriculture was able to increase output, despite low productivity growth, by expanding the amount of land and water resources utilized by the sector,” he said. “That option is no longer available, and in fact the amount of land and water resources available to the sector has declined significantly in recent decades and is predicted to shrink further.”

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