NARO Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science (NIVTS)

NARO Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science (NIVTS) responds to the needs of consumers, producers and people involved in the food industry, by developing new varieties and technologies for high-yield, low-cost, stable and environmentally-friendly production and supply of vegetables and tea. Currently, we conduct research in cooperation with the headquarters in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, and 3 other bases. We strive to continue to contribute to a rich and varied dietary life and the health of all Japanese citizens.

Mission of NARO Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science (NIVTS)

NARO Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science (NIVTS) states the following 5 missions and all staff make concerted efforts to work towards their realization. We welcome support and advice from a wide range of people involved in the vegetable and tea industries.

  • Core role in research and development through the NARO internal and external networks.
  • Technological development for high-yield, low-cost and stable production concomitant with reducing negative environmental impact.
  • Technological development in order to demonstrate the superiority of domestic agricultural produce to the maximum.
  • Practical research in order to solve urgent and important challenges on-site in production, distribution and consumption.
  • Aspirational leading and basic research based on a long-term view looking towards the future.


Tsukuba Plant Factory

Presented at the G7 Science Ministerial Meeting, Tsukuba

The NIVFS research on innovative production system in greenhouse horticulture for achieving high year-round yield and low-cost production was presented at the exhibition hall of the G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting held in Tsukuba on May 15-17, 2016. The NARO Tsukuba Plant Factory is a high-yield and high-quality production system for greenhouse vegetables with low cost and low carbon to achieve 50% labor saving and 30% yield growth as compared with the current cultivation practices in Japan. The newly developed Ubiquitous Environment Control System (UECS) has been adopted for environment control and is now in operation. So far, the system has been used to evaluate the optimum control methods and environmental conditions for growing tomato, cucumber, paprika etc.

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