Driving Innovation at Goulburn Valley Fruit Bowl

Food production will be boosted in the horticultural heart of the Goulburn Valley, and the Victorian government will support a new innovation project from the University of Melbourne.

The Minister of Higher Education, Gayle tierney, launched today the project of NorVicFoods Agrifood Innovation Cluster of $ 4.7 million to explore innovative and digital solutions to grow and increase the efficiency of vital food and agriculture sectors The project will be based on the campus Dookie from the University of Melbourne, which is a gateway to local agri-food companies, including SPC, and the companies that support them.

The project team will initially work with at least five local producers and companies in tailored solutions, then it will support them to secure private investment and grants to implement solutions.

Impact of the project

The project could include aerial technology to improve the practices of fruit picking, GPS trackers in real time to monitor the quality and delivery of milk and technology to better regulate the quality of red meat products such as minced meat and meatballs in international markets.

Will create around 87 jobs, including six full-time research positions, as well as 30 student internships at local companies.

The government contributed $ 2.7 million to the project in a joint effort of the University of Melbourne and Sensand Technology and it was one of many launches by universities to the Victoria Higher Education State Investment Fund, which was developed in response to the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic. in the sector.

The State Investment Fund for Higher Education Victoria de 350 million Unprecedented is supporting universities with capital works, research infrastructure projects and applied research focused on boosting productivity and Victoria's economy as the state recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

"This new project will provide real-world solutions for our valued food and agriculture businesses, while providing fantastic opportunities for local researchers and students," said Education Minister Gale Tierney.

Are encouraged Goulburn Valley businesses to register at fvas.unimelb.edu.au/norvicfoods

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