Wageningen University and Research (WUR) of the Netherlands will work with Pinduoduo, China’s largest agricultural platform, on the 2021 Smart Agriculture Competition, helping to promote the deployment of automation and precision technologies to increase efficiency in agriculture.
The Smart Agriculture Competition, which runs from August 2021 to March 2022, will draw teams from around the globe to remotely grow tomatoes, combining agronomic knowledge with precision technology such greenhouse automation, sensors and algorithms. The objective is to derive the most efficient techniques to grow tomatoes with high yield and nutritional quality at a low cost, using an environmentally sustainable approach.
Dr. Silke Hemming, head of the scientific research team Greenhouse Technology from WUR, will be one of the jury at the Smart Agriculture Competition. She will review submissions during the competition, provide technology support to participants and share best practices from the Netherlands at the competition’s closing event.
Pinduoduo has also teamed up with WUR to study ways to improve the quality of greenhouse-grown tomatoes.