China issues plan for digital agriculture development

EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued a plan on Monday to regulate and support the development of digital agriculture until 2025.

This is the first digital-themed plan issued by the ministry.

It proposes that by 2025, the proportion of digital economy in the total agricultural added value shall increase to 15 percent from 7.3 percent in 2018; The online retail sales of agricultural products shall account for 15 percent of the total agricultural transaction value; And the internet coverage in rural areas shall increase significantly to 70 percent.

“The plan focuses on the most urgently needed, most critical, and weakest links and fields in the construction of digital agriculture and rural areas. It proposes three large projects: a national big data center for agricultural and rural affairs, an integrated sky-ground observation system, and a national innovation project for digital agriculture. The projects consist of nine minor construction projects,” said Luo Dong, a senior inspector from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

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