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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Burleigh business BlockGrain takes ag-tech to a new level

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Monday, August 07, 2017

    Burleigh business BlockGrain takes ag-tech to a new level

    Gold Coast business Ditterich Agriculture, trading as BlockGrain, is taking technology to the farm with a game-changing tool that helps growers analyse their grain quality, connect with global commodity markets, manage the supply chain and increase their profit margins.

    Backed by the Palaszczuk Government’s $420 million Advance Queensland initiative, BlockGrain has developed a fully automated platform to enable buyers, growers and logistic providers to interact domestically and internationally.

    Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said Advance Queensland was helping to fast-track the development of platform technologies to improve the competitiveness of Queensland’s agricultural industries.

    “BlockGrain received $95,000 from the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund to commercialise their market-ready innovation,” Ms Enoch said.

    “The funding, provided in March 2017, will assist BlockGrain with enhancing the technology’s intellectual property protection, full integration of the platform with a handheld device and marketing it to new customers.”

    Founder Caile Ditterich said the BlockGrain platform was designed by farmers for farmers.

    “It helps to increase margins by creating supply chain efficiencies, expediting payments, and expanding access to new markets,” Mr Ditterich said.

    “The platform will allow growers to connect with all levels of the supply chain - from the paddock through to transport and storage, and then to the market.

    “Moving forward, BlockGrain has the potential to connect buyers from all over the world to growers across Australia - increasing our export opportunities,” he said.

    Nine grain brokers are currently trialling the system, each servicing up to 100 clients. Several other brokers have also shown keen interest in using the BlockGrain system.

    “It is an exciting time. We will soon be releasing our logistics platform, which will allow growers and logistics companies to track all grain movements throughout the supply chain at the touch of a button, removing all related paperwork. Without Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas funding, we simply would not be where we are today,” he said.

    Ms Enoch said Advance Queensland was supporting the agriculture sector to innovate, deploy new technologies, and create new markets and opportunities.

    Advance Queensland is the Palaszczuk Government's whole-of-government initiative designed to supercharge the economy and create jobs through innovation.

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