Big drive to improve farming techniques in Tai'an launched
Moves are under way to deploy mass machinery and improve management and production efficiency ahead of the harvesting season in Tai'an, Shandong province, this summer, local media reported.
Altogether an estimated 80,000 sets of agricultural machinery are to harvest around 175,000 hectares of wheat and plant about 159,000 hectares of corn, with the harvesting and planting rates expected to reach 99.9 percent and 96.5 percent, respectively.
To further improve on these statistics, Tai'an has embarked on measures to better the management of the machinery.
As a major player in agricultural production, 597 agricultural machinery professional cooperatives in the city are receiving support to improve production efficiency. The city has also established smart information platforms for the agricultural machinery to exercise real-time and accurate monitoring of its entire operating process.
New measures to further integrate machinery into agriculture have also been rolled out to further improve the efficiency of the agricultural production.
Low income families who work in farming are being supported in many aspects in this field, such as receiving subsidies for purchasing agricultural machinery before the harvesting season, free training on agricultural machinery and agricultural techniques, membership of agricultural machinery professional cooperatives, and free services in machinery-based wheat harvesting and corn planting.