Japanese Showa Denko Group will build a pilot plant producing clean vegetables using LED light technology at the total cost of 1 million USD in the northern province of Ha Nam, said the Group’s General Director Daiken Murakami.

He announced the decision at a working session with Ha Nam province People’s Committee on April 8, highlighting that the Group’s first clean vegetable production built outside Japan will be constructed in Dong Van II industrial park, becoming operational by the end of this year.

He also briefed provincial leaders on the new technology, stressing its necessity for current agricultural production as outdoor cultivation methods are experiencing negative impacts from climate change.

LEDs can create optimal light waves to induce plant growth while eliminating waste and cost for the growers, he added.

Daiken Murakami said his firm has built 21 plants applying the technology in Japan and plans to scale up its model if the pilot plant in Ha Nam is prosperous.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Mai Tien Dung underscored that the Group’s investment is in line with the province’s industrial-oriented strategy to develop local agriculture.

He said that the province is focused on investing in transport infrastructure, the electricity grid and irrigation system while facilitating procedures for the Group to carry out the project in the locality.

Earlier, An Phu Hung Company has partnered with Japan’s HBC International to successfully implement a Japanese technology organic vegetable-planting model in Ha Nam province.-VNA