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Early workshops to kick-off 2035 Oceania Summit

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A series of agritech-themed workshops, with a focus on climate change and agritech’s role in helping farmers mitigate its impact, will provide a lead into the inaugural 2035 Oceania Summit, scheduled for October.

The two-day summit was originally scheduled for April and is now due to be held in Auckland over October 10-11.

It aims to provide a multidisciplinary venue for primary industry producers, researchers, processors and consumers to exchange latest findings and ideas on how agritech will support farmers and growers in emissions reduction, while maintaining business productivity and profitability.

Conference organiser Peter Wren-Hilton said in coming months delegates and interested individuals can participate in three Australian-based pre-summit workshops, or four New Zealand ones.

The first kicks off in Canberra on April 27, followed by events in Adelaide a week later and Sydney on May 10.

Wren-Hilton said with the recent release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, it was appropriate the first workshop would include addresses from past vice-chairs.

They are New Zealander Dr Andy Reisinger of the NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, and Professor Mark Howden, director of Australia’s Institute for Climate Energy and Disaster Solutions.

“Given the recent climate events occurring in Australia, the timing is very appropriate. We are starting to gain a lot of government interest in the summit and my expectation is we will see a number of Australian government officials attending in Auckland in October,” Wren-Hilton said.

The three Australian workshops will be followed by four scheduled for NZ, based in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch and Wellington from late May to late June.

He said the summit would also include the 2035 Vision Startup Investment platform, a venue for startup agritech firms to get face-to-face with potential venture capital funders.

“There will also be a number of Australian venture capital funds coming across specifically for that,” he said.

More: Go to www.2035.ag/news to learn more about the 2035 Oceania Summit.

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