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Water conservancy project fuels modern agriculture in Zhejiang by Ye Kai, August 10, 2021
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The Xintang Stream, a tributary of the Qiantang River, flows through Zhouwangmiao town, Haining city, Zhejiang province. The segment of the stream that runs through the town was revamped as a result of the water conservancy project that is currently underway in the Shangtang River irrigation area. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Jointly implemented by the Zhejiang Water Conservation Management Center and the Haining Water Conservation Department, a water conservancy project that features 196.35 million yuan (US$30.37 million) of total investment officially began in Haining city, Zhejiang province, in late May of this year and is planned to finish in 2022. A “controllable, visual, and dynamic” intelligent irrigation zone that utilizes the Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data, and advanced software as well as the advantages that come with technological leadership is currently taking shape and will effectively facilitate high-quality water conservancy in the Shangtang River irrigation area. The undertaking is expected to improve 2,000 ha of arable land and 2,333 ha of drainage area, conserve approximately 2.7 million cu m of water per year, and increase annual food production capacity by 2.37 million kg and will promote the proliferation of modern agriculture, integrated urban-rural development and rural vitalization.

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