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Japan: Two webinars on horticulture in a row

LAN Tokyo participated in a webinar on Greenhouse Robotics on 25 November, organized by RVO in close cooperation with the LAN team in Tokyo, and hosted another successful webinar on Efforts towards Carbon Neutrality in greenhouse horticulture on 26 November.

The webinar on Greenhouse Robotics was meant as a prelude to a smart horti innovation mission to Japan in Q2 2022. At the webinar, the Dutch mission participants  (Van der Hoeven, Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Ridder, Gearbox Innovations, Certhon, BOM Group, Kubota, OnePlanet Research Center, TNO, and Wageningen University & Research) presented a clear case for the need & the opportunity to accelerate the development of smart agriculture, specifically in greenhouse robotics by means of collaboration, and that Japan with its technology in the field of robotics is the partner to go to.

The response from the Japanese audience – consisting of high-tech and agritech companies, as well as research institutes – was very positive indicating a clear interest in engaging in a discussion and exploring possible collaborations. Furthermore, the Japanese panelists at the webinar, NARO, DENSO AgriTech Solutions, and AGRIST Inc. expressed their interest and agreement to participate in the mission next year. Wageningen University & Research indicated it is keen to explore a consortium of Dutch and Japanese partners in a Seed Money Project. 

The webinar on Efforts towards Carbon Neutrality was the 6th in a series of  LAN Tokyo horti webinars on profitable and sustainable greenhouse business. Speakers from TNO, BOM Group, and WUR presented the latest developments in Dutch horticulture to achieve fossil-fuel-free greenhouses. JGHA provided insight into the development of Japan’s greenhouse horticulture. It became clear that research and development are well underway and that energy efficiency and energy saving can already be greatly enhanced, contributing to profitable custom-made solutions befitting local conditions.

Ms. Denise Lutz, Agricultural Counsellor, The Netherlandse Embassy in Japan, introducing the Digitalization vision from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality during the webinar on Greenhouse Robotics. 

The presentations of the webinar can be downloaded here.

For more information:
Ministry of agriculture, nature and food quality of the Netherlands 

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