Chinese province launches smart farm

greenhouse wuxi-JamesDeMers PixabayWuxi in China’s Jiangsu province has opened a smart agricultural garden, featuring the latest technologies of Internet of Things (IoT), in the Hongshan Eco-Agriculture Base

The garden is a cooperative project between Omron Corp, Japanese sensor maker, and Wuxi Yafu Agricultural Science and Technology Company. As the first of its kind in the city, the garden will use robots for the pollination, harvesting and packaging in three years, according to the Wuxi Daily.

The greenhouses in the garden are equipped with various sensors, through which the farmers can monitor the soil temperature and humidity. Due to these high-tech sensors buried in the soil, farmers would be able to spend less time for planting and get better results.

According to Liu Xinjie, general manager of Wuxi Yafu Agricultural Science and Technology Company, the smart management has helped to improve work efficiency, with the crop output three to five times that of the traditional model.

He also added that the smart management during the entire process of cultivation — from seeding to harvest — will soon be realised in the garden.

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