The recently-formed Precision Agriculture Association of New
Zealand (PAANZ) will host the International Asian Conference
on precision agriculture in 2017.
The bid was submitted in South Korea, and New Zealand beat
three other countries - Malaysia, India and Indonesia - for
hosting rights. The conference is one of three large
international conferences on precision agriculture (PA) held
around the world each year. The 2013 conference was held in
South Korea and attracted more than 150 attendees.
PAANZ chairman Peter Barrowclough said the successful bid to
host the conference was an early demonstration of the value
of having a national precision agriculture organisation up
and running in New Zealand.
''With our changing export markets and increasingly strong
linkages with South East Asia, this will be an excellent
vehicle for New Zealand to improve its global networks,'' Mr
A host city for the conference is to be decided and a
committee will be formed from within the existing PAANZ
membership to begin planning for the event. PAANZ was
officially launched as part of a one-day workshop and field
day in Methven, Canterbury in April this year.
The primary role of the association is to enable land users
to be more productive, efficient and sustainable and
therefore competitive by providing a platform for
information-sharing, networking, investment and innovation in
the development and implementation of relevant PA
technologies and systems for the primary sector.