Huawei turns to pig farming as smartphone sales fall

Huawei is turning to technology for pig farmers as it deals with tough sanctions on its smartphones.

The Chinese telecoms giant was stopped from accessing vital components after the Trump administration labelled it a threat to US national security. As a result, the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker was limited to making 4G models as it lacks US government permission to import components for 5G models.

Huawei’s smartphone sales plunged 42% in the last quarter of 2020 as it struggled with a limited supply of microchips due to the sanctions. In response to struggling sales, it is looking at other sources of revenue for its technology.

China has the world’s biggest pig farming industry and is home to half the world’s live hogs. Technology is helping to modernize pig farms with AI being introduced to detect diseases and track pigs.

Facial recognition can identify individual pigs, while other technology monitors weight, diet and exercise.

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