China has chosen one of its most affluent provinces, Zhejiang, to pilot the strategy of replacing farm laborers with machines. Zhejiang agricultural department confirmed on Monday [10 October 2016] that the province has set a timetable of becoming a paradigm of modern agriculture by 2020…Full Article: The Global Times Oct 2016

Key Point

  • By 2020, Zhejiang hopes to have approximately 270,000 ha of farmland fully mechanized. This includes not only grains and oilseeds cropland, but also vegetable, fruit, animal husbandry and aquatic farms as well. Alibaba will reportedly assist is operating 100 pilot “smart farms” to exhibit how technology can help farming.

ChinaAg Comments

  • By 2020, China hopes that e-commerce/online sales of agricultural goods will account for 8% of total sales by volume.
  • In September 2016, China announced it will reportedly launch IOT pilot projects in 10 provinces. According to a 5-year plan released by China’s Ministry of Agriculture, the use of IOT will encompass 17% of the country’s agriculture sector.
  • In December 2015, an IOT (Internet of Things) alliance of companies, led by Daxiangshan Group, was launched in Henan Province.
  • In January 2014, China’s Vice Minister of Agriculture launched Internet of Things (IOT) pilot projects in the municipalities of Tianjin and Shanghai, as well as in Anhui Province. In Tianjin, the IOT pilot project focused on milk production monitoring, poultry production monitoring, and climate control in greenhouses.

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