Smartphones Emerging as Main Farming Tools in China

With 96% of China’s villages connected to the Internet and each rural household having on an average three mobile phones, the sickle and hoe have been replaced by the smartphones and apps as the country’s emblematic farming tools, according to an article on

In east China’s Jiangxi province, smart greenhouses with watering and fertilizing controlled via mobile phone are a rage.


In a demonstration greenhouse covering 5,000 square metres in the city of Yingtan, most work is done by a system of perforated plastic pipes combined with sensors to monitor temperature, air humidity, mineral content and water content of the soil.

“Everything is controlled by a cellphone app,” said Wei Yulong of Dongrui Industrial, which developed the system.

“The system delivers water and fertiliser directly to the roots of the plants,” Yulong added.