Agri-Spread Wins Innovation Award At Ploughing

18 Sep 2018 | 11.40 am

Agri-Spread Wins Innovation Award At Ploughing

Mayo agri-tech firm makes precision spreaders

18 Sep 2018 | 11.40 am

Mayo-based business Agri-Spread International secured top prize in this year’s Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards, which focus on innovation in agri-tech.

The competition winners were announced yesterday, ahead of the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, which runs from September 18 to 20.

Agri-Spread and nearly 60 other agri-tech firms will be showcased in Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena at the event.

Agri-Spread, which was founded in 2006, designs and manufactures precision fertiliser and lime-spreading equipment.

Aroun 90% of the firm’s equipment is sold internationally, with key markets including Australia, Canada and the UK. Agri-Spread’s latest equipment integrates GPS tracking, with weight sensing and sectional and variable rate control into the machines, maximising crop yield with minimal fertiliser or lime inputs.

The total prize fund for the EI Innovation Arena Awards this year comes to more than €80,000, including a prize worth more than €15,000 for the most innovative startup.

This year’s winners run as follows:

Overall winner: Agri-Spread International
Overall winner of the best startup innovation: FreshGraze
Agri-Engineering Startup: Dairy Geyser
Agri-Engineering Established Company: Agri-Spread International
Agri-Technology Startup: FreshGraze
Agri-Technology Established Company: JFC Agri
Agri-Environmental: Harp Renewables
Young Innovator of the Year: Acidose 1
Research Emerging from Third Level: e-Seed Trinity College Dublin
Safety Award: Machine Eye
Global Ambition Award: Mastek
International Award: Serket Tech (Netherlands)



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