China Looks to Robots, Big Data to Drive Agriculture Forward
By Lavender Au
China wants robots and big data to drive the rural revival, according to a digital agriculture plan released Monday.
Why it matters: The Xi Jinping leadership has vowed to bridge China’s urban-rural gap, which dates back to the Mao era. It has settled on digital agriculture as the answer.
- Digitalizing farming can raise average incomes and mobilize the rural consumer class. The next wave of growth will come not from top-tier urban hubs such as Beijing or Shanghai but from lesser-known third and fourth-tier cities.
Photo courtesy of Global Water Forum.