Ireland’s most innovative Agri-Tech Products have been named

An Tánaiste announces the winners of the 2017 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards at the National Ploughing Championships 2017

Samco Agricultural Manufacturing Ltd announced as Winners of the Agri-Engineering SME Category

This year’s Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena, in conjunction with the National Ploughing Association and the Irish Farmers Journal, features ground-breaking agri related products and innovations from 69 Irish agri companies, including new machinery and software solutions that save time and increase efficiency in the agricultural sector. The Innovation Arena has become Ireland’s event to showcase agri-tech innovations to a global market. More than 100 buyers from global regions including the US, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Africa and Europe, visited the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena to see the best of Irish agri-tech capability.

150 applications to exhibit were received with 69 exhibitors selected, all of whom are finalists in the Awards competition. Of these, eight are spinout research projects, 11 are established companies and 45 are new start-up entrepreneurial led exhibits. All successfully completed the newly introduced Innovation Bootcamp earlier this year.

Announcing the winners, an Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “I’m delighted to be here today for my first ever visit to the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena. Ireland is fast establishing itself as a global agri-tech innovation hub and the Enterprise Ireland Innovation.

The machine is suitable for use with Black Bio Films for weed control in organic farming, and with transparent film types for better seed germination and stronger and faster young plant establishment.

Working with Novamont

Samco have been working in close partnership with Novamont, the world’s leading company in the sector of Bioplastics to develop a new range of black and transparent biodegradable mulch films to work in synergy with the Samco equipment including the new punch hole film layer and seeder. By minimising the impact on the environment and saving time and resources in managing the end of life of mulched crops, these mulch films produced with Mater-Bi® bioplastics provide an agronomically and environmentally efficient alternative to traditional mulch films.

Many different versions of the Samco Punch Hole Seeder are available to suit every growers requirements. Built to lay Film Roll widths of 1.2mtrs to 2.2mtrs, and with Punch Hole units capable of seed row spacings of 23cms to 75cms, and seed spacings in the row from 10cm to 250cm, a large range of crop varieties can be sown with marvellous results. With the machine available in working widths of 1.2mtrs to 4.5mtrs, the smaller to the larger scale growers will be pleasantly impressed with this brilliantly innovative equipment.