Driver-less Tractors, Farmer-less Farms: China Explores Precision Agriculture
From northwestern Xinjiang to Jiansanjiang, a major grain growing base in northeastern Heilongjiang Province, to an automated farm in Xinghua, eastern Jiangsu Province, China is exploring precision agriculture, a new way of farming that might one day lead to no farmers, reports Xinhua News Agency.
As more people move to the cities, getting skilled labor is a major challenge in agriculture. The Global Harvest Initiative in the U.S. estimated that from 2005 to 2019, the agriculture workforce fell by 58 million people or 11%.
Meanwhile, severe weather caused by climate change is expected to affect crop yields. How to feed the growing population with fewer workers while adapting to changing weather? Precision agriculture is emerging as the answer.