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It was our pleasure to support Loxton High School students in getting a better understanding of the use of technology in agriculture, through the CMV Group Foundation and CMV Group Staff Foundation. This was done in partnership with Schools Plus, a not-for-profit organisation connecting schools with communities and donors.

Agriculture is one of the major employers in the Riverland / Mallee region of SA, and the industry is currently seeing growth, particularly in the fields of emerging technologies. Loxton High School will now establish a greenhouse in which they will integrate a range of technologies, including robotics and the use of sensors, to monitor plant growth in a sustainable manner. Students will be encouraged to develop their own sensors for use in the agricultural industry and gain skills to support both their own career opportunities, and expertise for employers in the area.

CMV Farms has a long-standing relationship with the Riverland region, dating back to 1980 when an almond orchard was established at Lindsay Point, followed by the development of the Riverland Almonds processing facility at Loxton, and most recently the Fielke’s almond orchard development at Loxton. We pride ourselves on our commitment to upskilling the workforce, and in engaging modern technology and practices to safeguard the future of local agricultural businesses.

Principal of Loxton High School, David Garrett, spoke to the significance of vocational opportunities for the school’s students and the anticipated benefits to both the students and local community. 

“Loxton High School already has strong agriculture and business and innovation programs but this grant and partnership with a significant Riverland business and employer will provide our students with hands on learning opportunities using significant emerging technologies. We will be able to introduce robotics and sensor technology with a strong industry focus into our agriculture programs. This will help our students to understand where Ag Tech industries are heading, develop relevant practical and problem solving skills, and to prepare them for employment in regional industries.”


David Crawford, Managing Director of CMV Farms, says

"I'm excited by the prospect that local employers, just like us, will benefit from initiatives such as this one being implemented at Loxton High School because it means the students, who are the workforce of the future, will come better equipped with the knowledge and technical skills that will see them immediately contribute to the growth of the local agricultural industry."


Pictured: Representatives from CMV Farms, Riverland Almonds, Nut Producers Australia and Schools Plus attended a launch and tour of the Loxton High School ag block.