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Software firm to create 23 jobs with GPS boost for farmers

Published 10/02/2016

The firm helps farmers cope with the demands of the digital age
The firm helps farmers cope with the demands of the digital age

An agricultural software firm is creating 23 new jobs.

The posts a re part of a £1.4 million expansion by Sixty-5 Technologies and are expected to boost the local economy by £792,000 in annual salaries.

The Belfast-based company, a spin out of Progressive Agriculture Solutions, helps farmers cope with the demands of the digital age and has developed cloud based platform which uses GPS to help boost productivity and optimise efficiency.

Finance Minister Mervyn Storey described the jobs announcement as "excellent news" during a visit to their offices.

He said: "Sixty-5's approach to innovation to address a gap in the market will ensure the company is continuing Northern Ireland's rich heritage of agricultural innovation.

"It also represents an investment in satellite enabled technology which is an area that can create significant business opportunities."

Invest Northern Ireland has contributed £180,000 towards the creation of the new jobs.

John Arrell, Sixty-5 Technologies chief executive said: "Over the next three years, we are aiming to substantially increase both turnover and export sales through developing new products and services and growing our technological capability.

"Our long term goal is to accelerate sustainable agriculture through the provision of GPS, to ensure the farming industry optimises the best use of its land. Essentially, farmers need technology to be easy to use and we believe that the data should be there to support them for greater farm profitability.

"Our new technology has already been very well received in the industry and with Invest NI's support we aim to strengthen our team and bring our ideas to the global marketplace to generate substantial export sales."

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