Deep in the mountainous area in Daozhen, rural Guizhou in southwestern China, ZhongAn recently built a new chicken farm with the assistance of local authorities. This is also part of the government campaign of “alleviating poverty,” which aims to increase income for families in China’s unprivileged rural areas.

6,000 chicks are kept indoors with heating facilities, and when they grow larger, they will be freed into two two-hectare free-range farms, each enjoying a space of 6.7 square meters. Chickens here will mature in 166 days while the regular chicken used by restaurants or supermarkets do in 40 days.

When released outdoors, wearables will be attached to the legs of each chicken, which track their daily activities. The company has also set up monitoring stations around the farm that oversee air, water, and soil quality in the area. All of the information, as well as shipping records, will be uploaded to the cloud and secured by blockchain.

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Jiefei Liu

Jiefei Liu is a Beijing based tech reporter. She focuses on the union of tech and content creation and loves agriculture. You can write to her at Jiefei@technode.com