An agricultural technology competition organized by Pinduoduo and the China Agricultural University to help improve and develop the country’s agriculture industry has attracted interest from almost 40 teams worldwide.
Wageningen University & Research from the Netherlands, the University of Florida from the U.S., as well as corporate teams from Ridder Group and Syngenta were among the 17 teams that were shortlisted for the first round presentation of the inaugural Smart Agriculture Competition.
Link to the website of the Smart Agriculture Competition
Agricultural universities and institutes in China from Shenyang, Sichuan and Shaanxi were also shortlisted. Judging will take place on June 15.
Contestants will have 3.5 months to remotely grow strawberries using artificial intelligence and machine learning-driven algorithms. The winner will be determined by how much economic benefit they can bring with their technology, as well as the reliability, scalability and technical merit of the growing techniques.
The winning team will get research funding from the Pinduoduo Agritech Research Fund, help with implementation at a Duo Duo Farm in Yunnan province and further academic and commercial support.
The competition also has the support of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which is acting as technical adviser, and the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences.