Western Growers and Agritech New Zealand will partner up to strengthen, share and accelerate the development of agricultural technologies. In a memorandum of understanding, they agree to help businesses in both countries access the U.S. and New Zealand agriculture markets. Hank Giclas, Western Growers’ senior vice president for strategic planning, science and technology, said he hopes the collaboration will help alleviate “a myriad of issues that are severely impacting agriculture and the production of food globally.” Their MOU establishes a business relationship focused on providing in-market support for agtech companies in New Zealand and opens doors for agtech companies to enter the U.S. market through Western Growers’ Center for Innovation and Technology. In turn, U.S. agtech startups will gain access to the New Zealand market and opportunities. Peter Wren-Hilton, executive director at Agritech New Zealand, says the venture “will benefit innovators, growers, investors, regulators, researchers and public stakeholders” in both countries and worldwide.

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