A new mode "Internet + Agriculture" has been adopted to develop modern agriculture in Xianju county, Taizhou, Zhejiang province.
Farmers in the county are using new internet technologies to trace the sources of agricultural products, monitor plants' status intelligently and conduct standardized management practices.
In the Xianju Agriculture Experiment Park for Taiwan Farmers, home to 27 companies, high-tech greenhouses are placed side by side. Seven industries including organic agriculture, seeds and seedlings development, Chinese medicinal herbs and agricultural tourism are developing rapidly there, with the power of internet technologies.
Wang Yu, from a demonstration zone for organic agriculture, explained the adoption of QR codes. "By scanning the codes of agricultural products, people can see information about their growing environment," said Wang, adding that the technology eases consumers' concerns about products' sources.
Bulaobei orchard in the park is a production base for high-quality fruit. Inside the base, a remote monitoring system enables farmers to get real-time information about the trees. Aside from the fruit plantation, training courses, sightseeing and fruit picking are open to the public as well.
Zhu Lijuan is in charge of a greenhouse for growing blueberry seedlings. She said the advanced equipment helps increase the rate of seedling survival. "Thanks to the sensing technology, the seedlings' status is reported to us in real time and the sensing system can change the temperature and humidity automatically to ensure the plants grow in the best environment all the time," said Zhu.
Xianju's modern agriculture has developed well over the past few years. Technologies and capital are flowing to the sector and Internet Plus makes it smarter and more efficient. So far, the whole county has built 45.33 square kilometers of demonstration farmlands for modern agriculture.
A farmer harvests pitaya fruit in the Xianju Agriculture Experiment Park for Taiwan Farmers. [Photo by Wang Zhuangfei/China Daily]