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Japanese telecom groups support smart farming abroad

SoftBank helping rice growers in Colombia; Docomo targets North America

PS Solutions offers smart-farming services in Japan.

TOKYO -- Japanese telecommunications groups will use their expertise in "internet of things" technologies to support farming abroad.

SoftBank Group will help rice growers in Colombia increase production. In a pilot study starting this month, sensors placed in rice paddies will monitor nutrients in the soil, water levels, temperature and humidity. The collected data will be used to create a manual tailored to each farmer and accessible by smartphone.

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