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Economic benefits of connectivity for grain farmers

Regional Development Victoria, 2017

RMCG evaluated the economic benefits of internet and phone connectivity for grain farmers in Victoria’s Wimmera Mallee region in partnership with Birchip Cropping Group. Technological development means that connectivity is becoming increasingly important for grain farmers. Unfortunately, phone and internet service is poor for many farmers and some farmers are developing innovative work arounds to poor connectivity that involve on-farm infrastructure to relay signals. The project found that poor connectivity imposes significant costs on large-scale grain businesses. The report is available here: https://www.bcg.org.au/the-cost-of-digital-inequality-in-rural-areas/.

 

Team

Will Henderson

Will Henderson

Senior Consultant

B.A., Grad.Dip.Eco., M.Eco.

Will has a background in sociology and economics and has expertise in social research, and economic analysis. He has worked in a broad range of areas, including agriculture, regional economic development, tourism and insurance. Will believes it is important to understand the social context of economic problems, and specialises in combining data and anecdotal evidence to generate insights and help make decisions.