At the “In Air” Strawberry Venue, in Taiping Town, Xiayi County (China), strawberries are not planted on the ground, but are "hanging" in the air.
"Our strawberries use a Venlo intelligent greenhouse and hanging liftable drip irrigation cultivation technology. From greenhouse seedlings to transplanting and finally to fruit ripening, they are all planted in such hanging gutters", a staff member explains.
The strawberry venue covers an area of almost 2 hectares and about 130,000 strawberries are planted. There are few management workers in the large venue. Who is responsible for the day-to-day management?
"A computer is enough!" the staff said.
Various sensors, visual collection terminals, and other sensing devices are used in the venue, transmitting data to the computer service management platform through the mobile internet. The service management platform combines the crop growth cycle and environmental parameters for management and control to automatically realize the functions of irrigation, spraying, fertilization, and ventilation.
Such smart agriculture is not only automated and more intelligent, but also saves labor costs, improves labor efficiency, and can greatly increase strawberry production.
Next to the strawberry venue, the company also has an aquaponics facility. Longgang Bay Smart Agriculture Project is a demonstration site project in Xiayi County to help rural revitalization in 2019. In order to expand the scale and drive more people to increase their income and become rich, the project transferred more than 300 hectares of land and signed poverty alleviation agreements with more than 200 poor households to help them develop aquaculture and planting industries. At the same time, let villagers sign long-term and stable cooperation and win-win agreements by means of technology shareholding, etc., and build the agricultural park into a comprehensive all-round business model integrating agricultural tourism, agricultural training, research education, etc. and promote the integration of agricultural industries, increase the income of local residents, and improve the regional environment.