New Zealand National Fieldays Society has funded flights and accommodation for Zero Harm Farm to head away on the 2019 UK and Ireland Agritech mission where they will join twenty other businesses representing a wide selection from New Zealand’s Agritech sector.
Zero Harm Farm entered in the 2019 Fieldays International Innovation Award and while they didn’t win, they impressed the judges with their simple, mobile and paperless solution to drive better agribusiness management of safety communication and compliance.
All previous participants of the Fieldays Innovation Awards were invited to apply for a scholarship of $5,000 to be involved in the 2019 UK and Ireland Agritech mission.
Society International Business Manager, Jim Grennell praised Zero Harm Farm on their intelligent solution to an important agricultural problem, “Zero Harm Farm were chosen as the recipient of the support funding because their software application addresses a significant problem associated with workplace safety on farm.”
“The Location Based Hazard Management system can be simply and rapidly adapted to specific workplace environments and placed in the hands of the user on site. The product has ubiquitous application across all farm systems involving hazard management and is thus scalable from a global perspective hence the appeal as a worthy recipient of the funding for 2019,” said Grennell.
Zero Harm Farm co-founder Mark Orr spoke of their involvement in the 2019 Fieldays Innovation Awards and their plans for their overseas trip, “Zero Harm Farm greatly benefited from exposure at the New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays, you just can’t beat the face to customer communication of this globally recognised agricultural event and the foot traffic is tremendous!”
“We’re incredibly grateful for the recognition and support we have received from Fieldays, we see Zero Harm Farm making a real difference in reducing serious harm and death statistics in farming globally and this trade mission will help us understand the nuances of additional markets as well us give us a feel for the UK & Ireland’s agricultural future direction in general,” said Orr.
Fieldays has a long history of attendance at Irish Plough in conjunction with New Zealand agribusiness companies and innovators who have sought to develop export opportunities for products and services in the Irish market. The Society has had a formal MOU with Irish Plough for joint attendance and participation in each other’s events since in 2016.
Zero Harm Farm will be exhibiting in the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Precinct, they will be provided with a booth and facilities to participate over the three days of the event, together with the opportunity to present at event functions.
The MOU between the New Zealand National Fieldays Society and The National Ploughing Association of Ireland expresses the intent to promote and support both parties’ activities and establish a collaborative relationship that grows the attendance of New Zealand and Irish organisations at each other’s event together with exploring other areas where mutual cooperation is deemed of benefit.
Irish companies have established regular exhibitor participation at Fieldays, promoted and coordinated through Enterprise Ireland.