30 September 2020
The application of artificial intelligence can help countries tackle the problem of aging farming labor by improving the productivity.
At the inaugural Smart Agriculture Competition organized by Pinduoduo, China’s largest agricultural e-commerce platform, teams of data scientists are applying AI algorithms to grow strawberries remotely in automated greenhouses. They are competing against traditional farmers to see who can deliver the most economic benefit.
For Fulco Wijdooge, member of the judging panel, the impact is already clear even though the competition runs until November. The application of AI has the potential to transform agriculture at a time when the industry is facing a shortage of skilled growers, he said.
“If you can do this, you can scale it up, and you can implement this in whatever setup you have,” said Wijdooge, who is also the general manager for Asia at Ridder Group, which is supplying the greenhouse technology for the competition. Technology is a “big help for the industry because we have a lack of skilled labor, skilled growers” and “AI can make a difference in increasing the yield and quality of the crop.”
Read the complete article at stories.pinduoduo.com.
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