Wasabi farming in Japan is in decline and this vertical farm in Hong Kong is filling the gap

The cultivation of Japanese native wasabi is the most recent addition to Hong Kong's high-tech vertical farming boom. Harvests of wasabi, a staple ingredient in Japanese cuisine, have fallen by 60% in Japan over the last 15 years, and this startup in Hong Kong is filling in the gap.

Gordon Tam Chi-ho, the founder of hydroponic company Farm66, has partnered with a Japanese conglomerate to create a HK$10.1 million (US$1.3 million) deal to cultivate the prized horseradish in Hong Kong and Japan, the South China Morning Post reports.

Tam has created an all-weather, controlled environment for the wasabi by designing 44-foot containers with racks and a lighting, irrigation, and ventilation system.

He is conducting tests on his 20,000-square-foot farm to determine the best growing conditions. Tam discovered that the leaves grew larger under white light, whereas the stems grew longer under a combination of red and blue light.

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