Motivated to make a difference

Research scientist ZULFIKAR HOSSAIN is excited at the prospect of being able to apply his knowledge and interest in artificial intelligence to an industry that is seeking more efficient ways to grow and harvest food.  

The son and grandson of proud farming men, it would have been easy for a young boy growing up in Bangladesh to follow the same path.

But Zulfikar Hossain had other ideas.

Future of Food Consultation Review

Horticulture NZ’s conference for 2019 was held over two days at Mystery Creek in Hamilton from 31 July, under the theme of ‘Our Food Future’. Mark attended on behalf of PlantTech and contributed to the discussion about the emerging use of technology in horticulture and how the widespread application of drones, robotics and advancing imaging would become easier and more affordable over time.

Consultation highlight need for export-driven strategy

CEO Mark Begbie and PlantTech’s research director, Ian Yule, were among more than 300 people who attended the recent ‘All of Government’ Agritech Taskforce strategy workshops.

Led by Agritech NZ and taskforce head David Downs, the workshops were a chance to comment on the issues highlighted in the strategy document released in July. Participant feedback was varied but for Mark and Ian, the industry needs to become more outward-looking and export-driven if it wants to truly grow and become an even greater contributor to New Zealand’s economy.

Opportunities galore in agritech

A move from Auckland to the Bay of Plenty has introduced Hao Gao to an industry with incredible opportunities and a lifestyle to envy.

The research scientist is among PlantTech’s growing team of researchers tasked with supporting shareholders harness the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to grow their plant-based businesses.