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Tech innovation for agriculture

China’s e-commerce giants are using data capabilities and supply chain upgrades to help boost development of the agricultural sector.

In Shanghai’s Chongming District, Alibaba and government authorities have signed a partnership to help promote the island’s farm products using digital infrastructure.

Sensors and smart screens have been set up at pear farms in Chongming. Drones spray pesticides on orchards, and underground sensors send back soil analysis so that nutritional supplements can be added when needed.

Strict standards govern the size of pears and humidity control during transport. The fruits go directly to Freshippo, Alibaba’s grocery chain.

Similar farms and criteria will be set up in Pudong and Qingpu District in the near future.

The e-commerce giant hopes to add several dedicated warehouse and dispatch centers close to produce-growing areas to provide faster shipment.


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