For the rice industry to remain a competitive user of farm business resources, transformational change is required.
This requires the identification of a more sustainable approach to production by significantly increasing the rice industry’s dollar return per megalitre ($/ML) in water systems across Australia.
The Australian rice industry is supported by AgriFutures Australia who manage the rice industry’s research, development and extension program.
AgriFutures Australia is launching this open innovation challenge aimed at finding potential technologies or solutions to improve water productivity for rice by 75% in the next five years.
Selected technologies or solutions will have the potential for funding through the rice research, development and extension (R,D&E) program with the ultimate objective being industry wide adoption. Commercialisation and IP arrangements will be determined as part of ongoing project discussions.
Potential solutions must be applicable to a broadacre setting in Australia, and could be related, but not necessarily limited, to:
- Agronomic technologies and solutions - Production management technologies or solutions - Remote sensing technologies or solutions - Plant genetics technologies or solutions - Genetic traits to improve water efficiency or productivity - Water management technologies or solutions - Surface irrigation system for broadacre
- Technologies or solutions that optimize water use in on-farm systems - Technologies or solutions from other industries that could solve the challenge
Technologies or solutions should be able to provide a demonstrable impact within a 5-year period.