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JPFA webinar June 30

The challenges and impact of COVID-19

The Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) is organizing its 138th online workshop and the registration has just started this week. The workshop is free of charge. Some sessions include the presentation of 80 Acres Farms on tomato production in indoor farms, a survey report on the impact of COVID-19 by JPFA and a lively panel discussion with leading plant factory companies from Japan and China. Such as, 808 Factory, Greenland, Saladbowl and Future Agro-Tech, all together with researchers on plant factory and indoor breeding from JPFA and Chiba University. 

Scheduled to be released on June 30, 2020.
Free viewing will be available from 13:00(JST) on June 30 to 13:00(JST) on July 15, 2020.

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) creates challenges worldwide, we feel concerted effort is crucial to our sector more than ever before.
The global challenges/impacts of COVID-19 in the sector, the future role, possibilities and direction of plant factory will be discussed to rethink about what we can do together for our future.   

1. Keynote: “beyond leafy greens: tomato crop production in indoor farms” by Mike Zelkind, 80 Acres Farms

Q&A session:
2. “Report on COVID-19 survey by JPFA” Eri Hayashi (JPFA)
3. Panel discussion: “the challenges and impact of COVID-19, future role and direction of Plant Factory”
*Please kindly note that some contents might be only in Japanese.


  • Bai Baosuo (Future Agro-Tech (Beijing) )
  • Katashi Kai (Shinnippou, 808 Factory)
  • Susumu Tanaka (Saladbowl)
  • Toyoki Kozai (JPFA)
  • Toru Maruo (Chiba University)
  • Yuhei Shimada (greenLand)
  • Moderator: Eri Hayashi (JPFA)

Free of charge

How to watch
Advanced registration is required.
Registration deadline: 13:00 (JST) on July 14, 2020
Please register at

After the registration, you will receive the link with access to the workshop videos a day before the release. Please apply one by one.
If you cannot access the registration website, please send us the email with your "name", "organization", "country" and "questions to the webinar speaker/panelists (optional)" to

For more information on the workshop:
JPFA Workshop website

If you have not joined the survey yet, please take the survey, Urgent Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 (Vol.1) before the workshop/online viewing starts. 

For more information:
Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA)
International Relations & Consulting
Nozomi Hiramatsu, Eri Hayashi

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