Small-scale farmers are now using drones to survey their terrain farms
XAG, a leading agriculture technology company and industrial UAS manufacturer, developed its own patented agriculture drones sensors and other digital farming tools for precision spraying, granule spreading and mapping. As an official member of the WEF, XAG engaged with other 1,800 leaders from government, business, academia and civil society in the AMNC and elaborated the driving forces behind China’s accelerated development of smart agriculture.
The interaction happened at the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC), which has been taken place in Northeast China’s coastal city Dalian from 1-3 July. Justin Gong, Co-founder and Vice President of XAG, encouraged on meeting’s session The Future Frontier of Food: Scaling Agritech, along with Mariam Mohammed Saeed Al Mheiri, Minister of State for Food Security of the United Arab Emirates and other attendees holding leadership positions.
“China’s rapid developing smart agriculture is mainly driven by five factors, including smallholder economy, urbanization, technological innovation, consumer upgrading, and policy support,” Gong said.
The farmers are in great need for nimble, intelligent agricultural tools have been increased in the last years in China. Stepping to control the situation, the smallholder economy has restricted the scaling of large ground-based machines. Countryside farmers have started to adopt new technologies, emerging under the era of Industry 4.0 in order to improve the agricultural production approach.
Drone and AI: Reshape the Smallholder Economy
In China, almost half of the world’s small farms and 98% of its farmers manage farmlands smaller than 2 hectares. The nation winged launching drones that are flexible, cost-effective and easy-to-use. They are a powerful tool to achieve precision agriculture and can replace physical labor to conduct spraying and seeding on small fields at all kinds of terrains.
Such technology is shouldering smallholders to obtain new competitive advantages through improving cost-efficiency and producing more diversified high-quality agricultural products.
Riding the Wave of Industry 4.0 and Consumer Upgrading
The new age smart-agriculture solution made China technologically advanced practicing smart solutions, which is also affecting other developing countries to compete. Many countries now started producing large amounts of cash crops, selling them to large multinational food enterprises. All these made farmers to shift their efforts in producing high-quality and diversified crops, such as grapes and coffee beans, and export to China.
China’s agriculture drones and smart farming solutions are also helping them better manage their farmland and lower production costs. For example, local growers can utilize surveying drones to scan their mountainous farmland and have an HD prescription terrain map.
XAG is now recognized as an elevator for farming individuals to reach the top agriculture solutions. During the past 30 years, agriculture had been considered a low-value sector for China’s economic development. XAG is on mission is to blur that line of looking China.