HEFEI, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping,
general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has
visited flood-stricken residents in east China's Anhui Province.
visiting Funan County in the city of Fuyang, Xi checked the water
situation of the Huaihe River and learned about local measures for flood
control, disaster relief and post-flood production recovery. He also
visited and consoled those affected by floods.
floods have basically receded, local farmers in Anhui have resumed
farming to secure a bumper harvest in autumn, with the help of
Xi Wei manages an 87-hectare rice farm in the city of Wuhu. Every day
he rides an electric bicycle to learn the growth of rice seedlings. From
time to time, he stops for a quick check on soil conditions -- on his
The farm is on the banks
of the Zhanghe River, a tributary of the Yangtze River. It is a "smart"
agricultural demonstration project initiated in 2018 by Zoomlion
Agriculture Machinery Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Zoomlion Heavy Industry
Science & Technology Co., Ltd., one of China's leading high-tech
An app in
his phone provides information about soil moisture and temperature.
Sensors in the fields monitor the soil conditions around the clock and
relay the readings to him via WiFi.
Xi Wei just checked the moisture of the soil in the paddy fields.
is necessary to drain all the water in the fields so that the
permeability of soil can be increased, and the roots of the seedlings
can grow deeper," he said.
launch of the project, the company has installed many high-tech devices
in the fields, such as soil sensors and insect-monitoring lamps. The
data collected by these devices will be transmitted simultaneously by
the Internet of Things (IoT) to smartphones and computers.
the rare floods since mid-June, the rice seedlings in the fields have
not been affected much because of the equipment embedded here.
information-driven rice planting is the primary feature of our fields.
Meteorological stations, soil sensors, insect-monitoring lamps, and the
IoT are cutting-edge tools we use to cope with natural disasters and
mitigate losses," said Xi Wei.
The project also uses satellite navigation technology to level the fields to increase yield of rice.
the help of the global navigation satellite system, the machine levels
the fields with an average error of less than 3 cm for each patch," said
Xi Wei, adding that the result was impossible for the traditional
improving flood prevention systems, water conservancy infrastructure and
mechanization over the past few years, major grain producers in China
have upgraded their capabilities in countering natural disasters.
attaches great importance to food security. President Xi Jinping has
spoken of the issue on many occasions. Grain production, with farmland
as the fundamental element, is supported by water conservancy systems,
facilitated by science and technology, and driven forward by policies.
Issues relating to these key points must be addressed earnestly and
properly to attain breakthroughs in grain production, he has said.
issued a guideline regarding advancing the development of agricultural
high-tech industry demonstration zones in 2018, highlighting the
importance of technology in modernizing agriculture and the role of
demonstration zones in spearheading the efforts.
country has been promoting key technologies in agriculture, such as
high-yield hybrid rice varieties developed by Yuan Longping, the "father
of hybrid rice," and the wide use of smart farming machinery.
application of agricultural science and technology has played a
positive role in increasing grain output. In 2018, the contribution of
scientific and technological progress to agriculture reached 58.3
percent, an increase of 42.8 percentage points from 15.5 percent in
1996, according to a white paper titled "Food Security in China" issued
As the world's top food
producer and consumer, China saw its grain output reach a record high of
664 million tonnes last year, the 16th bumper year in a row. The
country's summer grain output reached a historic high of 142.81 million
tonnes this year, up 0.9 percent from last year, according to the
National Bureau of Statistics.
addition to the improved infrastructure, Anhui has also been mobilizing
resources and using upgraded technology to ensure grain security, and
make up for losses from flood and other natural disasters.
Funan County, Kang Guoping was busy shoveling up the ditches to clear
the remaining floodwater in his farmland, ready to plant sweet potato
seedlings distributed by the local government.
flooding is unlikely to cause a sharp decrease in grain production
since the reinforced dikes and embankments along the Yangtze River have
made farmlands safer, said Wu Liquan, a professor at Anhui Agricultural
Improved irrigation and
drainage facilities, coupled with advanced agricultural technologies,
have further improved safety, according to Wu.
looking forward to a bumper harvest this year as my paddy fields have
become more disaster-resistant, with the improved water conservancy
facility and smart farming technology," said Xi Wei. Enditem