At an agricultural technology company in a city known as the "vegetable capital of China," crops are thriving in a shipping container.
The roots of these green-leaf vegetables are immersed in water rich in nutrients. A screen in the container shows information about the temperature, humidity, concentration of carbon dioxide, lighting levels, and concentration of the nutrient solution.
Liu Pengpeng, who oversees the container vegetable project at Shouguang Xiangtian Agriculture Co in Jitai town, Shouguang, said it takes 28 days for these vegetable seedlings to grow before they can be harvested and put on the market.
"Using hydroponic systems, we designed this mobile shipping container vegetable farm, which can withstand severe weather conditions for fresh vegetables to be grown locally all year round," Liu said. "In comparison, in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, workers who build railways and highways in sparsely populated areas have to drive more than 50 kilometers to buy fresh vegetables."
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