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Order for Smart Agriculture Plant in Shimotsuke, Tochigi Prefecture

5 September 2018
JFE Engineering Corporation

JFE Engineering Corporation (President and CEO: Hajime Oshita, Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) has received an order for an "Climate-controlled type tomato cultivation facility *1" as a turnkey project including EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) from TOMATOPARK Co., Ltd. (President: Keizo Nishida, Head Office: Shimotsuke, Tochigi Prefecture; hereinafter, "TOMATOPARK"). This is the second turnkey order for plant construction for JFE Engineering's Smart Agriculture Division.

TOMATOPARK was established by Seiwa Co., Ltd. *2 in August 2017 for the purposes of education and training of next-generation tomato farmers, and research and testing of tomato cultivation technology. In order to begin a full-scale tomato production business utilizing the know-how gained in the testing and research project, etc. to date, Seiwa decided recently to construct a new cultivation facility capable of high quality, high yield cultivation.
The area under cultivation in the new facility will be 1.0 ha, and annual production of Beef tomatoes is projected at 500 tons.

Since JFE Engineering entered the Smart Agriculture business in September 2013, it has produced tomatoes at plants in Tomakomai and Sapporo in Hokkaido using the same type of climate-controlled plant factory as in the present order. Based on the production plant technology and cultivation technology accumulated there, the company has developed engineering proposals for agricultural projects in Japan and overseas. In November 2017, the company completed a plant, which is continuing to operate smoothly, in Niigata Prefecture.
The order for the project in Tochigi was achieved based on a high evaluation of these actual results.

The JFE Engineering Group will promote the formation of a new agricultural industry by developing Smart Agriculture plants using leading-edge technologies in Japan and other countries.

  • *1 Greenhouse in which the cultivation environment is optimally controlled by a integrated climate control system of the Dutch company Priva.
  • *2 Major company engaged in manufacture and sale of equipment for agricultural facilities (President: Yuzo Ode, Head Office: Shimotsuke, Tochigi Prefecture)

Outline of Order

Client TOMATOPARK Co., Ltd.
Location of construction Shimotsuke, Tochigi Prefecture
Amount of order ¥540 million (excluding tax)
Scheduled completion March 2019 (scheduled)
Scope of construction Smart Agriculture plant: 1 set
(greenhouse, cultivation equipment, climate control system)
Specification of greenhouse:
     Dutch-light type venlo greenhouses
     Cultivation area: 1.0 ha
     Steel frame structure, film covering

For inquiries regarding this press release, please contact:

  • Public Relations Section, General Administration Department, JFE Engineering Corporation
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