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Taiwan's Rice Farmers ­se Big Data to Cope With Climate Change

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Rice growing in Chihshang, eastern Taiwan.

Taiwanese rice growers are beginning to use big data to ensure the resilience of rice production in the face of climate change.


Taiwanese rice growers are using big data as a part of a pilot project to ensure the resilience of crop production in the face of climate change.

Startup Owlting outfitted a local farmer's rice field with sensors to monitor rain, temperature, and chemical content of the soil, using a wireless network router to post the data online to consumers.

Owlting's Darren Wang said the collected information "will become part of a growing database that will eventually allow farmers to optimize their production cycle."

Another goal for Owlting is to add financial services to its repertoire, with a focus on offering growers a fee for joining the data collection network, while insurers are being granted the right to sell on this information.

Farmers envision such tools as boosting transparency about the food supply chain in real time, to better position their crops as a leader in quality.

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