The Japan Plant Factory Association is starting a new online English-language training course on Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFAL) in February and is receiving applications now.

The JPFA 2021 online training course on PFALs scheduled for February 18 - March 11 comprises introductory classes and special content designed for participants to acquire practical knowledge and expertise. The learning event follows its first online English-language training course that was offered last year. 

Click here to view the course brochure. 

All interested parties in plant factories or vertical farms can seize this opportunity as the course is not only available for JPFA members but also for non-JPFA members. The JPFA is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing controlled-environment agriculture. 

The lecturers include Toyoki Kozai, honorary president of the JPFA and former president and professor emeritus of Chiba University, who is known as the father of plant factories. Introductory classes will cover such topics as current PFALs and forthcoming technologies as well as environmental effects on plants. Special content will allow participants to learn practical methods.

The course will also provide participants with a virtual tour to a commercial, large-scale PFAL and exhibitions by companies in the PFAL and related businesses. Although participants cannot get together as in on-site courses, the course's platform allows them to enjoy interacting with other attendees and representatives of exhibitors. Also, a live question-and-answer session is planned for participants to deepen their understanding.

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to look deeper into this 'industry,' which is likely to reshape our future soon," a Romanian participant of the 2020 course said.

Because the course is online, it may be easier to attend it than an on-site one, especially for those who live outside Japan. 

Click here to apply for the course. 

For more information:
Japan Plant Factory Association
www.npoplantfactory.org