“Japan’s horticulture sector has been greatly impacted by rising energy costs and availability over the past few years. Today, energy efficiency is one of the biggest factors in the success of Japanese greenhouse production,” says Ziv Kremer, managing director of Netafim Japan.
In order to provide significant energy savings, among other benefits, DryGair and Netafim Japan have partnered to provide DryGair dehumidifiers to the Japanese market.
Efficient dehumidification for optimal energy savings
DryGair is one of the leading humidity control solutions in horticulture today. The system was developed at the Israeli Volcani Agriculture Research Center by renowned climate researcher Dr. Avraham Arbel. It has since been used in hundreds of commercial greenhouses across Europe, North America, and more in a very wide range of crops, including vegetables, flowers, herbs, leafy greens, and more.
The DryGair dehumidification system was developed to answer growers’ needs – to prevent diseases, improve yields, and save energy. In fact, growers that use the system report up to 70% energy savings, with an average of 50%.
“Based on the success of DryGair in other markets, Netafim Japan has chosen the system as the most fitting dehumidification solution for the Japanese market. We’re now distributing DG dehumidifiers in the country,” says Ziv.
Successful trial with the Takamiya greenhouse company
“Netafim Japan and DryGair have recently completed a successful year-long trial in tomato greenhouses in Hanyu, working with the Takamiya greenhouse company,” Ziv adds. Takamiya is a global company that both constructs and operates large-scale greenhouses. The company also performs studies and trials to improve greenhouse cultivation and efficiency.
The DryGair trial results show larger yields of high-quality fruit and exhibit significant energy savings compared to the control greenhouses.
The Japanese market Is embracing innovation
According to Kremer, “The Japanese horticulture sector has been rapidly embracing new technologies to improve produce quality, increase yields, and make cultivation more efficient. As such, integrating DryGair for humidity control and energy savings is a natural next step, and one that will assist Japanese farmers in improving their operations and profitability.”
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