Soilless technology was recently displayed at the 23rd China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Science and Technology Expo held in Shouguang, Weifang, in the Chinese Shandong Province.
At the event, vegetables were seen growing on cultivation racks, with spraying devices atomizing nutrient solution and spraying it directly onto the root system of the plants.
In recent years, Shouguang has massively employed frontier technologies in its vegetable business. Hailed as the most extensive vegetable production base in China and the "Silicon Valley" of the Chinese vegetable industry, the city has more than 40,000 hectares of greenhouses and trades around 8 million tonnes of vegetables each year. It provides integrated vegetable growing solutions for more than 20 provincial-level regions in China.
Weifang, which administers Shouguang, is also a leading player in Shandong's agricultural sector. It is the first city in Shandong to have employed a modernization index system for agriculture and rural development. The total output value of the city's agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, and fishery industries hit 118.35 billion yuan ($17.63 billion) last year.
Besides, a series of national-level platforms have been put into use in Weifang, including a national vegetable quality standards center, a national livestock and poultry slaughtering quality standards and innovation center, and a national modern agricultural park.