Agriculture is the most sensitive field of China’s opening to the outside world. As the only pilot free trade zone with modern agricultural development as its main feature in China, the Yangling district has taken effective measures to continuously accelerate the pace of China’s agricultural opening up.
It is reported that Yangling has set up three investment and trade service centers in Russia, Kazakhstan, and the United States, and has promoted the construction of six overseas cooperation demo parks between China-Kazakhstan and China-U.S. and two science and technology pilot parks of China-U.S. and China-Israel in Yangling, and thus strongly promoted the development of foreign cooperation in the agricultural field.
The China-Israel International Agricultural Science and Technology Demonstration Park was built on the basis of the technology and products of the Israeli Embassy, Israel Mottech Technology Company, Israel Bermad Control Valve Co., Ltd. and Israel Naandanjainn Irrigation Ltd.
The park introduces Israel's advanced water and fertilizer irrigation equipment and irrigation control system, which is one of the highlights of the entire park. The integrated water and fertilizer system is equipped with Internet of Things and domestic supporting equipment and engineering technology, which will greatly reduce water consumption, and realize smart control at different stages in the irrigation of farmland crops, greenhouse vegetables, fruits, seedlings, and other crops.
Yue Guanglin, chairman of Yangling Yulu Water-saving Greening Engineering Co., Ltd., said that compared with traditional irrigation methods, this new irrigation system can save water by more than 50% in sprinkler irrigation, more than 70% in drip irrigation, and 70-80% in fertilizer savings. More than 90% of the labor force used for irrigation can be saved, and the use of pesticides is reduced by more than 50%, which greatly reduces the investment cost and labor intensity of agricultural production, and can increase the production efficiency of agricultural planting by about 30% on average.
"Through demonstration and promotion, Tibet, Gansu, Qinghai, Hainan, and other places have introduced relevant technologies and equipment to improve the utilization of local water resources, and improve the quality and production efficiency of agricultural products", Yue Guanglin said.
"At present, 12,000 m2 of film multi-span greenhouses have been built, using double-layer thermal insulation films, and the internal environment is soilless cultivation and Israeli greenhouse cultivation model. The whole process of temperature, humidity, wind speed, carbon dioxide, light, and water and fertilizer integration has been computer-managed." Yue Guanglin said that the project will eventually reach an annual output of 35 kg/m² of cherry tomatoes, 50 kg/m² of beef tomatoes and 100 kg/m² of cucumbers, and the product quality will all meet EU food safety standards.