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Plans to dramatically increase Aussie food production

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International News | Saturday June 22 2013 9:33

Plans to dramatically increase Aussie food production

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Australian scientists are listening to oyster hearts and monitoring cows on the internet as part of plans to dramatically increase food production.

Demand for Australian-grown food is expected to surge, with predictions in May's National Food Plan that Asia will drive a 75 per cent rise in consumption by 2050.

Peak science agency, the CSIRO believes new technology can help Australian farmers meet the rocketing market changes.

CSIRO Centre for Broadband Innovation director Colin Griffith says productivity can be lifted enormously, following experiments using fast internet-enabled gadgets to monitor everything from cattle movements and soil moisture to solar radiation.

Findings from the trials will be released in a white paper at the Digital Rural Futures Conference in Armidale from June 26-28.

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