- China has turned to 5G technology to increase productivity of its tomato crops
- A new smart greenhouse facilitates this revolutionary technology
A new greenhouse at Wuzhen International Internet Agriculture Expo Park will boost China’s tomato production through the use of newly launched 5G technology. 5G technology is expected to enhance the efficiency, yield, distribution and production of tomatoes for China, which is one of the world’s emerging tomato producers.
The smart greenhouse in Wuzhen contains 2 800 plants with 18 different varieties of tomato plants. The 5G technology controls and modifies a number of inputs in the cultivation of tomatoes such as temperature, humidity and plant feeding. The 5G technology also plays music in the greenhouse.
The head of the smart farm programme at Daoji Agriculture, Zhao Yu, said that 5G technology provided a much faster and more accurate network that provided results immediately. The previous 4G network used to freeze often and the results were not immediate, he said.
China exported around US$207 million of tomatoes in 2018, making it one of the world’s emerging producers. However, competition is stiff and Chinese tomato producers have had to embrace innovative technology to hold their position.
As China is a world leader in 5G technology, it is well-placed to use 5G in food production to its advantage. China is planning to establish more than 130 000 5G stations by the end of the year.
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