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Technological advances boost smart farming in central China

As temperatures began to warm up across China, spring farming is being carried out on the Jianghan Plain in central China's Hubei Province.

Different from traditional farming, vegetable greenhouses in Sanhe Town, Yingcheng City, operate with smart technologies. Drip irrigation systems, weather stations, and sunshade nets there work automatically to regulate the environment to fit growing vegetables.

To improve local agricultural development, Yingcheng invested in a modern agricultural park of more than 200 mu (around 13.33 hectares) in Sanhe, combining agricultural research, production, and agritourism. In each greenhouse that covers an area of 0.23 hectares, thousands of newly planted cherry tomato seedlings are in good order on the soilless substrate and grow vigorously.

"The substrate is soft and loose. It is made from smashed coconut shell," said Liu Quan, technical director of the modern agricultural park, adding that the coconut chaff is featured with good air permeability and is helpful to grow tomato roots.


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