11 Jun 2015

Innovations get boost at Fieldays

7:53 am on 11 June 2015

Day two has begun at New Zealand's biggest rural event of the year, the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, near Hamilton.

The view from the hill overlooking the set-up at the 2015 Fieldays.

The view from the hill overlooking the set-up at the 2015 Fieldays. Photo: RNZ / Andrew McRae

This year's event is the the biggest yet, with more than 1000 exhibitors.

In line with that, a cornerstone of the Fieldays , the innovations section, has also had a profile lift, with the creation of a new feature, the Innovation Accelerator.

Fieldays Chief Executive Jon Calder said it was giving 10 companies the chance to show case their products for the first time in a commercial setting.

"So these are companies that have been part of the innovations centre in the past, that have perhaps won an award or had a product, taken it away and refined it and have now got something that's ready to commercialise so there are a number of new products on display there and for sale for the first time ever."

They included an award winning electric farm bike.

"The guys who invented the Ranger electric farm bike who took out one of our innovation awards last year, have gone away and as part of their prize package got to work with Locus Research, a research and design company who have taken the prototype, helped the guys redesign it, it's now in manufacture and on sale here at Fieldays."