China, Canada ex­plore farm­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By MAYA LIU For China Daily

China’s prom­i­nent ex­perts and in­vestors in agri­cul­ture are bring­ing their tech­niques of dig­i­tal­ized, high-tech farm­ing to Canada.

A seminar ti­tled Feast of Agri­cul­ture was held at Van­cou­ver’s 1029 Café on Oct 3. The hall was filled with an en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence and the seminar ran for five hours.

Speak­ers in­cluded big names in China’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­try: Wang Hang, vice-pres­i­dent of agribusi­ness gi­ant New Hope Group; Lan Hai, pres­i­dent of Bei­jing Au­to­matic Con­trol and Smart Ma­chine Co; and Pro­fes­sor Zhang Ming from China Academy of Build­ing Re­search. All three gave pre­sen­ta­tions from their unique per­spec­tives.

As an ex­pert in agribusi­ness in­vest­ment, Wang talked about the evo­lu­tion of China’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­try over the past 30 years. He said that peo­ple work­ing in the Chi­nese farm­ing in­dus­try to­day put their em­pha­sis on qual­ity over quan­tity, and the in­dus­try had en­tered an era of col­lab­o­ra­tion and dig­i­tal­iza­tion.

“Peo­ple work­ing in the in­dus­try are look­ing for three things — ef­fi­ciency, value and sus­tain­abil­ity,” said Wang, “and tech­nol­ogy is the key that helps us to solve prob­lems, re­duce costs and achieve these goals.”

Wang’s brief­ing was fol­lowed by Lan’s pre­sen­ta­tion, which of­fered a spe­cific so­lu­tion to a prob­lem that farm­ers in China and other parts of the world face to­day.

“The in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion of agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion raised pro­duc­tiv­ity ex­po­nen­tially, but it only does harm to the sys­tem of mi­cro­cir­cu­la­tion,” Lan pointed out.

“It is there­fore nec­es­sary to take farm man­age­ment to the next level by in­tel­lec­tu­al­iz­ing the eco­log­i­cal cy­cle, so that farm­ing can be far more ef­fi­cient and eco-friendly.”

This in­tel­lec­tu­al­iza­tion process, ac­cord­ing to Lan, would rely largely on the syn­ergy be­tween mo­bile In­ter­net, the In­ter­net of Things tech­nol­ogy and cloud com­put­ing.

With these ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, Lan and his com­pany pro­posed a model of farm­ers sup­ply­ing fresh veg­eta­bles di­rectly to com­mu­ni­ties in the Greater Van­cou­ver area, which got the at­ten­tion of quite a few au­di­ence mem­bers who run veg­etable farms lo­cally.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to in­tro­duc­ing the in­tel­lec­tu­al­ized man­age­ment sys­tem to my farm,” said Ma Ji, a young farmer from Saskatchewan.

Pro­fes­sor Zhang’s pre­sen­ta­tion gave the in­sight of a re­cent ground­break­ing progress his team has made in the field of green­house tech­nol­ogy. By con­duct­ing sci­en­tific re­search and mak­ing field trips to six coun­tries around the world, in­clud­ing Canada,

Zhang and his team man­aged to ap­ply green build­ing tech­nol­ogy to the con­struc­tion of so­lar green­houses, and re­duced energy con­sump­tion sig­nif­i­cantly by more than 90 per­cent.

“We now have de­signed a con­cep­tual green­house suit­able for the area be­tween 45 de­grees North and 50 de­grees North in China,” said Zhang, “and I am con­fi­dent that the model will work for Canada’s Bri­tish Columbia and Saskatchewan, which are of sim­i­lar lat­i­tude.”

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