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Updated 8:44 AM EDT, Wed, Aug 18, 2021

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New Startup Uses Technology to Solve China’s Agricultural Concerns

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(Photo : Reuters) A farmer carrying fertilizer walks on a farmland in the outskirts of Anshun, Guizhou province.

A Beijing-based tech startup called Gago is currently addressing some of China's agricultural problems with the power of technology.

Gago founder and chief executive officer Zhang Gong told Tech Node that "Compared with the U.S., China's farm fields are more scattered in nature. For example, the total land for each farmer in the U.S. is around hundreds or thousands of acres, it's large but it's relatively easy to manage because it's usually one piece of big land."

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Zhang said it is not the same in China because the country is divided into hundreds of blocks. Zhang said that its first step is to define the boundaries of each of these blocks and evaluate the metrics of each zone.

The company has created a new intelligent agricultural solution called Wonderland. It is a cloud-based platform which can be used by farming companies. It has the power to monitor agronomic data in real time and create intelligent and logical decisions.

Gago has a self-developed algorithm which can be used to create customized farm management solutions for different types of fields. The platform created by the company can give farmers logical advice about pest control and disease forecasts for certain types of crops. It can also create plans for irrigations, farming machines, and intercropping schemes.

Zhang Gong is an ex-NASA scientist and founded Gago along with his fellow researcher Gu Zhu in 2015. Right now, the main focus of the company is in China, but it is still planning to implement successful models in other countries that have the same agricultural situation as China.

Interested groups can visit the company's website for more information.

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