Digital agriculture, the practice of integrating advanced technology into farming, is driving China’s rural vitalization, according to experts. Huang Jikun, a member of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs’ rural vitalization advisory committee, said that digital technology is bound to play a bigger role in the country’s steps toward rural vitalization and agricultural modernization. “The digitalization of rural industries is key to developing the countryside, and it is a new driver of a sustainable rural economy,” Huang said.
The push toward digital agriculture is the result of a plan released in January last year aimed at improving smart agriculture and providing support for rural vitalization in the years leading up to 2025. Jointly released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the Cyberspace Administration of China, the plan proposed building a basic data system for rural areas to facilitate targeted management and services.
Xu Lijun, an expert at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences’ Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, and her team used digital technology to promote a new oat variety in Huize county, Yunnan province. Since she began working on digital agriculture in Huize in November 2017, oat cultivation has become central to poverty alleviation and rural vitalization in the county.
The national development plan mandates boosting agricultural digitalization and making breakthroughs in key technologies and equipment, including automated packaging lines and intelligent temperature-control systems.
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