China: The growing industry of Shuyang

There are many greenhouses in Shuyang County, located in the East of China. Here, pitaya's, citrus fruits, and grapes, among others, are grown. In total, there are 15 hectares of solar and glass greenhouses, 2 hectares of cold storage, and 1.000 m2 of sorting centers, with more than 200 employees. Annually, the county puts out 300.000 tons of fruits and vegetables.

In one of the glass greenhouses, several workers are watering the tomato seedlings. One of the technicians, Xiao Longzhi explains that the greenhouse is connected to the Internet of Things, installed with funds from the province. Among others, there is an environment monitoring system and a video monitoring system. With these tools, technicians are able to study temperature, humidity, and light intensity, and to adjust these based on the vegetables' needs.

In 2020, Shuyang County was deemed a county advanced in digital agriculture. In order to promote the development of digital agriculture, the county will build 13 agricultural IoT technology demonstration sites, build an agricultural IoT platform for agricultural bases, and improve the level of agricultural informatization and intelligence.

Now, the county is focussing on improving the fruit and vegetable industry. One of the ways in which it does this is by promoting quality and efficiency through a safety traceability system. In total, the county has 36.000 hectares of fruit and vegetable cultivation, and it is looking to expand further.

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