A total of more than 100 billion RMB ($16 billion USD) worth of agricultural goods were traded through the internet in 2014, accounting for 3% of the total agricultural trades in China, according to the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. They also claim there are 3,000 sites that trade agricultural products in China.

The Ministry made sure to link the stats to its Internet Plus strategy, which has an agricultural component. Internet Plus is a policy led by China’s State Council to boost the economy by promoting new web-based businesses. In the State Council paper, Agriculture was singled out as one of the eleven industries vital to the Chinese economy that could benefit from a digital overhaul.

Agriculture Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives are currently adopted in eight provinces including Beijing, Heilongjiang province, and Inner Mongolia. 

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com