PRECISION agricultural machinery manufacturer, Toowoomba Engineering, has been awarded a $240,000 grant as part of the Queensland Government’s $20 million Made in Queensland program.
State Development Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, announced the grants this week during a visit to Stahmann Farm Enterprises, where he also met with with representatives from Toowoomba Engineering.
Toowoomba Engineering company director and agronomist Andrew Farquharson said the funding will be used to purchase new technology and advanced manufacturing equipment to improve production in the company’s workshop, including a state of the art robotic welder.
“This investment will allow us to create new jobs and further develop our precision agriculture division, Ground Breaker Precision Agriculture,” he said.
Ground Breaker Precision Planters are specifically designed for the conditions of Australian growing regions and apply the world’s leading precision technology.
The planters bring Toowoomba Engineering’s patented tyne technology together with the latest in global precision technology and innovative engineering design, into one superior planting system.
This technology combines, for the first time, a tyne with precision planting technologies, providing farmers with control over applications in variable conditions such as soil type, moisture and nutrient levels.
The Made in Queensland grant will enable Toowoomba Engineering to invest in expert advice and advanced manufacturing equipment, technology and training, create jobs and develop marketing strategies that will boost productivity to accelerate their product range to domestic and international markets.
The Toowoomba Engineering team is exploring invitations to undertake trials in Kazakhstan with significant export potential, along with interest from Canada and the US.