Japan Company Plans Hydroponic Veggie Farm in Indonesia

Japan Company Plans Hydroponic Veggie Farm in Indonesia

General contractor Obayashi will build a hydroponic vegetable factory in northern Indonesia, growing cherry tomatoes and leafy greens such as kale through a partnership with Singaporean investment firm Gallant Venture.

Vegetables grown on Bintan Island will be sold in Indonesia and Singapore starting in January 2021 under a roughly three-year trial to study Southeast Asia's consumption trends and retail channels, the Japanese contractor said. The partners later plan to turn the project into a full-fledged business.

An image of the vegetable facility planned for northern Indonesia. Image: Nikkei Asian Review
An image of the vegetable facility planned for northern Indonesia. Image: Nikkei Asian Review


Obayashi and a Gallant subsidiary intend to complete the vegetable plant covering about 10,000 sq. meters by October. They see solid demand for the sweet tomatoes in Indonesia and Singapore, where a healthy diet is growing popular.

The project marks the first overseas farming business for Obayashi, which runs a cherry tomato factory in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo. The company declined to give expected harvest volumes because "the climate is different from Japan," a spokesperson said.

But Obayashi said it hopes to achieve higher production efficiency than in Japan by tapping its know-how in areas including temperature control cultivated back home.

Source : Nikkei Asian Review

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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