Tuesday 9th of March, the project ‘Feasibility study – A Sustainable Demonstration Farm in Tropical Lowlands Johor Bahru, Malaysia’ was successfully started together with our Malaysian client KF Farm and our project members – Dutch Enterprise Agency (Mr. Frans Kortekaas), Dutch Embassy in Malaysia (Liu Huan Hoh), Luiten Greenhouses (Nico Luiten), Greenhouse Solutions Asia (Shawn Wong), Verbos Business Development (Aart van den Bos) and Kenlog (Mirjam Boekestijn). The project aims to prove the technical, commercial and financial feasibility of growing vegetables in a sustainable and commercial way in a greenhouse in tropical lowlands.
The farm in Kota Tingi was visited as well as the other business activities of KF Farm (farmers market, convenience stores and wholesale) in order to get insight in the current business activities and the way of operating. Besides, workshops were held in order to clearly determine the starting points of the study as well as to collect a large part of the data needed for the study. Moreover, a visit was paid to the tomato greenhouse setup of Agri Solutions Asia (A.S.A.) in Thailand which shows the opportunities of growing tomatoes in tropical lowlands; a new greenhouse site was visited to gain insight in the process of building a greenhouse.