Veggie Small cultivation facility

GREEN RIVER HOLDINGS: Veggie facility

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About The Facility

We developed the small cultivation facility called "Veggie" for creating a highly profitable agricultural model. By introducing "Veggie", the agricultural problems can be solved such as "instability", "heavy labor" ,"high risk" etc. In addition,  you can start your farming in various places.

This small cultivation facility is suitable for farm workers, moreover it is also possible for the new entrants in agriculture industry to use it as a trial facility.

  • Minimum size:

    • About W6000 × D2500 × H2500

  • Basic Equipment:

    • Vertical Cultivation Tower, Irrigation Pump, Air Conditioning Equipment, Remote Monitoring System, Hydrophobic Control Equipment.

 

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How We Work

"Veggie" is a vertical type hydroponics gardening system which cultivates vegetables in compact areas. Veggie's production capacity is 60 times larger than soil cultivation's. In addition, By installing air conditioning equipment, it is possible for "Veggie" to realize relatively stable and highly efficient cultivation.

Moreover, less labor is required from cultivation to harvesting because the water circulates automatically in "Veggie". Even people with little agricultural experience can cultivate with less burden.

Also, because of its small size, running cost can be suppressed by only using electricity for air-conditioning.  By connecting and partitioning it with others, it is possible to cultivate multiple crops with low risk of disease and insect pest spreading.

      

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Contents of the Tour

1. Tour Type: Facility Visit
2. Tour Contents:

  • Itinerary:

    • Introduction of the company.(30 minutes)

    • Visit the facility(From 30minutes to 1hour)

  • Option:

    • Farm visit, Mini-tomato tasting ※Depends on the time of the visit

3. Acceptance Conditions:

  • Number of visitors: Less than 15 people per group

4. Access:

  • About 40 minutes by car from JR Kurume

  • About 20 minutes by car from Kurumeki interchange Kurume inter

5. Nearby Tourist Spots:

  • Michinoeki-ukiha

Visit Us

Green River Holdings Co., Ltd. is developing business with the aim of contributing to regional revitalization by providing products and services which combine renewable energy and agriculture.

"Veggie" which we are introducing this time is a small cultivation facility developed to promote growth in agriculture industry. We would like to solve the agricultural problem about instability and hope that a lot of people can use this facility.

We also operate our own farm which is a steel framed vinyl house, it also generates electricity by solar power.  We produce mini tomatoes and sell them to the market. Moreover, we demonstrate experiment about Vertical Type Hydroponics gardening in our farm.

We provide proposals not only about "Veggie" but also about steel framed vinyl house and solar power generation, we will continue to respond to various needs in the future. 

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Veggie: Small cultivation facility
Where We Are
1 Chome-4-4 Hakata Ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 812-0011
Facility Owner Profile
Facility Owner Name
GREEN RIVER HOLDINGS.Co., Ltd.
Facility Owner Entity
Private Company
Location
1 Chome-4-4 Hakata Ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 812-0011
Capital Amount
$373,000
Main Business
Research related to renewable energy, Solar power plant construction, Research on agricultural equipment and cultivation, R&D and sales of agricultural equipment
Employees
15(2017/3)
Established
2014/9/1
Contacts
Tel: +81-92-409-1393
Fax: +81-92-471-7333
Website
http://www.greenriver-hd.co.jp/
Accepted Languages
  • Japanese

Plant Factory

Agriculture > Production Related > Cultivation Environment > Plant Factory

Definition

Plant factory is a system that provides an artificial environment to suit the vegetables crops. By controlling environmental conditions such as light levels and temperature, it is possible to make vegetable production efficient and systematic.

Generally, The plant factory adopts solution culture, which provides natural light or artificial light as a light source to grow vegetables.In addition, Methods such as temperature and humidity control, CO2 starvation prevention by adding CO2 are also adopted. By utilizing these technologies, it is possible to plan the production of vegetables throughout the year.

Current Situation

Plant factory has been started and developed in Europe, mainly in the Netherlands. Currently, Plant factory has been turned into more advanced system that using technology to realize not only automatic production process but also manage the production data from environment improving such as humidly/temperature control to personnel management.

In Japan, Central Research institute of Hitachi, Ltd. first started on research and development of plant factory from the 1980s. And they succeeded in building the environment control system and putting it into practical use. In 2009, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan jointly launched the "Plant Factory Working Group under the Agriculture, Commerce and Industry Collaboration", and created the third boom of the plant factory. And now Japan has became the leader in artificial light type hydroponic technology field.

On the other hand, there are still many issues about operating the plant factory. Among 420 companies operating the plant factory, there are 75% of them are in deficit. The reason  may be that initial cost of plant installation and the operation cost such as maintenance cost and management cost are very expensive, but the unit price of vegetables is low, so it is difficult to make plant factory business profitable.

In recent years, there are some undertaking studies about the plant factory. For example, one study about LED high-speed cultivation method is undertaken jointly by Showa Denko and Shigyo Masayoshi professor from Yamaguchi University Faculty of Agriculture.

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Study
Demonstration
In Use
To use and apply technologies commercially or publicly on the assumption of economic establishment and sustainable operation mainly by companies.
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Actual application of technology is in its final form – Technology proven through successful operations.

Technology Scheme

There are 2 types pf plant factories.

1. Sunlight type:

  • This type of plant factory is basically using the sunlight to grow vegetables in a semi-closed environment. It provides supports under the rainy weather and suppresses high temperature under the hot weather.

2. Artificial light type:

  • This type of plant factory is built in a fully closed environment under completely control by people. Without using any sunlight and, it grows vegetables by providing light by fluorescent lights and LED.

In Japan, the artificial light type is more widely adopted rather than the sunlight type. Because the artificial light type is easily to control, and on the other hand the sunlight type is easily influenced by the weather and day and night.

Merit & Strength

1. High-speed production, stable supply and high safety

  • It is possible to promote growth of vegetables by controlling the environment to suit the vegetables crops. Without being affected by climate change, the plant factory can produce vegetables with a certain amount, certain quality and stable price. In addition, there is no invasion of pathogenic bacteria and pests, so it can grow vegetables without pesticide.

2. Easy to manage

  • Different from the general vegetable production method depending on farmers' experience, by standardizing cultivation process, even inexperience people can perform the vegetable production work. Moreover, work in plant factory is relatively simple and easy, so the elderly and people with disabilities can be hired to preform the work in plant factory .

Demerit & Weakness

1. Best practices have not been established yet

  • There are few successful cases related to plant factory. A lot of problems still need to be fixed,

2. Low profitability

  • Initial cost of plant installation and the operation cost such as maintenance cost and management cost are very expensive, but the unit price of vegetables is low, so it is difficult to make plant factory business profitable.

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