Last week the GPEC or Greenhouse Horticulture & Plant Factory Exhibition/Conference took place in Aichi prefecture, Japan. The event, organized by the Japan Greenhouse Horticulture Association, is the largest trade show specializing in the modern greenhouse and indoor farming technologies. Under strict COVID measures, 129 exhibitors participated in the event and it attracted 16.288 visitors from 14 July to 16 July. Despite COVID-19, the Japanese greenhouse sector is doing fine and profitable, and the participants showed confidence and were positive about future new projects. Japanese growers continue to invest in modern greenhouses and further modernization.
This biannual trade show was originally scheduled to take place in July 2020 but had to be postponed to July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business trips to Japan are still difficult due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and quarantine rules, but many Dutch companies were represented by their Japanese partners at the exhibition. They includes: Delphy Japan, Signify Japan, Denso (Certhon), Priva (Tomita Technologies), Ibiko (Codema), Takamiya (with Gakon), Inochio (Bosman Van Zaal / Hoogendoorn), Zennoh (Grodan, Ridder), Daisen (KUBO, Van der Hoeven), Takada Seed (Rijk Zwaan), Bestcrop (ENZA zaden), Hoags (ERMAF)
GPEC exhibitor, Denso (partner Certhon) exhibited a tomato harvesting robot.
On 15 July, Delphy Japan organized a seminar on strawberry cultivation. Agricultural Counsellor Evert Jan Krajenbrink gave the closing remarks at the seminar. The event attracted more than 100 participants, showing a strong interest among Japanese horticultural growers in the latest know-how from the Netherlands.
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Ministry of agriculture, nature and food quality of the Netherlands