Sydney University Plant Breeding Institute will transform its 2000 ha L’lara property at Narrabri into a ‘farm of the future’ with a multi-million initiative supported by the federal government.
The proposed ‘Digifarm’ will have in ground, on ground and drone sensors across the property which will feed data to a physical and virtual hub at the Plant Breeding Institute, and a network of 10 satellite farms to encompass different soil and climatic situations from Moree to Gunnedah and Wee Waa.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced that the Plant Breeding Institute will receive $$2.3 million for the project which will be supported by several million dollars more from partner contributions.
The Narrabri Digifarm hub will employ two new staff and Sydney University will also allocate $1.1 million ‘in kind’ in staff and equipment.
The project places the University’s Narrabri campus even more firmly among the world’s leading agricultural research centres.