China: vertical farms are developing faster

The Sixth International Forum on Protected Horticulture was held in Shouguang from 19th -22nd April. Dr. Zhou who is the chief engineer of Kingpeng Greenhouse Group made the speech on the topic of “Development and Application of Intelligent Plant Factory”.

Dr. Zhou introduced more details about the plant factory design, cultivation system, fertilizer and irrigation, environment control system which is made by the Kingpeng team. He also shared the test data which is recorded by Kingpeng’s intelligent artificial lighting plant factory. The audiences got impressive knowledge and viewpoints from Dr. Zhou’s speech.

Shouguang is famous as the “Vegetable City of China” which has the biggest vegetable wholesale center in China. The vegetables are sold to over 2000 cities around China and also exported to over 20 countries such as Russia, Japan, Korea, the USA, and South America. Shouguang has a huge area of solar winter greenhouse and polytunnel greenhouse which are the main way to grow kinds of vegetables. But almost all of them are still using the traditional growing way with soil. There are kinds of problems are coming for the growers such as soil hardening, plant disease, and insect pests. Also, the average yield is lower and it can’t guarantee the round year production.

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