Wagning University to partner with Pindudo in the 2021 Smart Agriculture Competition

Shanghai, China, August 16, 2021 (Globo Newsweire) – The Waging University of the Netherlands (WUR) will be launching a 2021 smart farming competition with PNDDO, China’s largest agricultural forum. Innovations in automation and precision technologies to increase efficiency in agriculture.

The smart farming competition from August 2021 to March 2022 will attract teams from around the world to grow tomatoes remotely by combining agronomic knowledge with advanced technologies such as greenhouse automation, sensors and algorithms. The goal is to develop effective techniques to grow tomatoes at low cost, high yields and nutritional quality using a sustainable approach.

Dr. Silk Heming from WUR Greenhouse Technology Research Team will be one of the judges in modern agricultural competition. She reviews the ideas presented during the competition, provides technical support to participants, and shares best practices from the Netherlands.

Towards the end of the year, 96 square meters will be allocated to a separate smart greenhouse to cultivate tomatoes and ensure the effectiveness of their growing models. Participants can individually monitor greenhouse facilities, including ventilation, display screens, water, lighting and fertilizer systems. Cameras also allow teams to monitor and find real-time progress metrics.

WUR hosts workshops on greenhouse horticulture and future trends in mindfulness farming. In particular, WUR professors will share topics such as the digital transition of the Dutch agricultural supply chain, technology-enabled greenhouse horticulture, tomato post-harvest quality forecasting, and biological control strategies in the greenhouse. The workshops take the form of a deep boot camp with 1-2 days of training, combining online and offline support.

Deployment of automated technology in agriculture is one of the objectives of organizing modern agricultural competition. As part of his mission to modernize agriculture, Pindududo sought to mobilize top minds in technology and agronomy to develop “one-click planting” solutions to improve the productivity of farmers and their livelihoods.

The opening competition, jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of Agricultural Sciences in China, last year saw a competition between traditional farmers over strawberries for information scientists. The technology groups produce an average of 196% more strawberries compared to traditional farmers, which is higher in terms of investment profitability, the organizers said.

The final results of this year’s competition will depend on quality, profitability, energy consumption efficiency, strategic strategy and business viability. The winning team will receive more than 1 million yuan from the total prize pool of 450,000 yuan ($ 69,500). Other awards include funding from the Pindudo Agrisch Research Fund and opportunities to collaborate with competing partners.

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