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China Facts: Pig farms in China might use modern technology

China's 430m porkers account for over half of the World's herd, and its $1trn industry produces more pork than any other country. Yet pig-rearing remains remarkably inefficient. Nine in ten of an estimated 40m pig farmers are thought to raise fewer than 50 hogs a year. Only about one in five Chinese sows is in industrialised production. New regulations have led to closure for tens of thousands of smallholdings. The closures are likely to accelerate China's transition to modern production. Alibaba have recently unveiled an "agricultural brain" that helps farmers monitor pigs in real time through visual and "voice" recognition powered by artificial intelligence. It reckons that its system an increase to 32 piglets per sow per year, a measurement of efficiency in the pig business. That would double the output of many Chinese farms.*) 

 

*) the Economist 27th October 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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