Japan’s Monsoon Greenhouse

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Tomatoes being grown inside the Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System
Tomatoes being grown inside the Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System
Panasonic

Panasonic is involved in a project on the island of Ishigaki, southwest of Okinawa, to seek ways to grow vegetables in subtropical monsoon conditions. Part of the Japanese government’s Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System (PFS) Consortium, the goal is to create a stable local supply of produce despite the climate.

Regions that are subject to monsoon seasons can see a wide range of effects, from a slightly higher rate of precipitation to torrential rainfalls, but places like Ishigaki not only see more rain, but also have to contend with heat and humidity, producing conditions that makes it a very poor place to try raising vegetables.

With the prospect of climate change, the Asian Monsoon PFS was established in 2016 to develop technology to counter the hot, soggy climate in a way that is effective at creating a stable local supply of vegetables economically. For proof of concept, Ishigaki Island was chosen because of its frequent monsoon squalls and frequent typhoons.
Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System infographic

Asian Monsoon Plant Factory System infographic
Panasonic

For the test, tomatoes were chosen as the crop because places like Ishigaki Island are very hostile to them due to the local temperature, lighting, and humidity, which makes the plants susceptible to diseases.

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