Chinese grower returns home to start high-tech greenhouse business

With the rapid development of China's rural economy, more and more people choose to start their own businesses in rural areas, and there are many high-education talents such as masters and PhDs. "Post-80s" Ph.D. of Regional Economics Mr. Zhou returned to his hometown after 9 years of schooling in Russia. He began to build a smart greenhouse to grow strawberries, with an annual income of more than 300,000 RMB [43,000 USD], and showed his fellow villagers how to benefit as well.

"We have grown a total of 9 varieties of strawberries. Among them, several varieties are not common in the market." Checking the strawberry growing environment in the smart greenhouse, he said: "Heilongjiang is cold in winter, and no crops can be planted, many villagers are not working hard, and the land is wasted." Mr. Zhou, who grew up in the countryside, is determined to change this situation.

In 2016, after returning from Russia, regardless of the opposite opinions of his family and friends, Mr. Zhou returned to his hometown to work with researchers from Harbin Institute of Technology to build a smart greenhouse.

As of 2019, six intelligent greenhouses covering a total area of ​​27,000 m2 have been built in Leye Town, and Mr. Zhou has become the person in charge of the Strawberry Base. "The greenhouse adopts a 6-story planting method. Conventionally, this kind of method will cause crops to be blocked from light, but the light tracking function of the intelligent system can move the strawberry up and down, left and right."

The Strawberry Base combines automation, big data, Internet of Things, and other technologies to create an intelligent cultivation system. The greenhouse can grow crops all year round. At present, it has established cooperation with many local villages to alleviate poverty.

"Fertilization, irrigation, disinfection, etc. are all automatic, usually we just need to clean up the dead leaves". There are now more than 20 people working in the strawberry base, all of whom are from poor households.

"In the beginning, the villagers didn't quite understand, why to use so much equipment to grow the crops, and then when the strawberries could be picked in the greenhouse during the winter, everyone had a new understanding of these greenhouses." Mr. Su said, Secretary of the Party Branch of Leye Village.


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