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September 11-15, 2017
MARDI Headquarters, Selangor, Malaysia
Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Region
Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute
Background / Highlights of Activity


Climate change is impacting crop production in Southeast and South Asia through a number of ways, including high temperature, drought, typhoon damage, flooding due to excessive rainfall, emerging pests and diseases, etc. It also causes changes in the nutritional quality of many food crops. To cope with these challenges, protected cultivation, wherein the microclimate surrounding the plant body is controlled, is one of the options. Protected cultivation involves the use of structures (greenhouses, net houses, screen houses, tunnels) or protection (windbreaks, irrigation, mulches). In tropical and sub-tropical climates, protected cultivation can permit fruit and vegetable cropping in areas where field production is challenging due to extreme weather elements and biotic and abiotic stresses caused by them.

Protected cultivation allows to grow crops where otherwise they could not survive, prolong the harvest period, control pests and diseases with minimal pesticide application, use water and fertilizers efficiently, increase yields, improve quality, enhance the stability of production, and make commodities available when they is no field production so to help farmers access to higher off-season prices. Protected cultivation has spread rapidly over the last three decades into relatively new areas all around the world. For example, the area under protected cultivation in India is expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 84% for the period from 2013 to 2017 (Ken Research 2013). 

The aims of this workshop are to gather international expertise in the area of protected cultivation to update the current status of various technological components of protected cultivation of high-value crops such as designing of structures for tropical and sub-tropical agro-climatic conditions; micro-environmental control; and ideal modules on irrigation, integrated crop management, and integrated pest management. Following these themes, the workshop is to look at transition pathways and associated requirements towards establishing protected cultivation, and cooperation in the sector to move towards market-based pricing in order to reflect improved products and innovation.

 By sharing their knowledge and experience, the workshop participants will be able to sustain the competitiveness of the protected cultivation sector in the tropical and sub-tropical climate areas and contribute to its further development to the benefit of growers, consumers and the environment.


  • bring together international expertise, researchers and technicians of public and private sectors on protected cultivation;
  • share the current state of advanced knowledge of protected cultivation; and
  • establish an informal network committed to information sharing and collaborative research and development


Headquarters of the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Serdang, Selangor 43400, Malaysia


  • Workshop proceedings for circulation to a wider audience of interested researchers
  • Collaboration initiatives; and
  • Subsequent training workshop on key technologies

Group Photo on Sep. 12th (Tue)

Group Photo on Sep. 14th (Thu)






Options for Design and Management of Greenhouse Production Systems in the Tropics | Paper : (460) PPT: (348)
─ Dr. Anne Elings (Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands)

Plant Factories in Japan–An Integrated Approach | Paper : (382)
─ Dr. Akimasa Nakano (NARO, Japan)

Current Status of Protected Horticulture in Korea | Paper : (338) PPT: (321)
─ Dr. In-Ho Yu (RDA, Korea)

Recent Development of Protected Cultivation in Taiwan | Paper : (486)
─ Dr. Dennis S.S. Wang (Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, COA)

Development of Protected Cultivation for Vegetables in Indonesia | Paper : (317) PPT: (327)
─ Dr. Nikardi Gunadi (Indonesian Vegetable Research Institute (IVEGRI), Indonesia)

Protected Cultivation Technologies of Vegetable Production in Malaysia | Paper : (353) PPT: (343)
─ Ms. Farahzety Abdul Mutalib (MARDI, Malaysia)

Recent Developments of Protected Cultivation in the Philippines | Paper : (552) PPT: (359)
─ Dr. Armando N. Espino, Jr. (Central Luzon State University, Philippines)

Development of Greenhouse Crop Production in Thailand | Paper : (460) PPT: (345)
─ Dr. Thammasak Thongket (Kamphaeng Saen Kasetsart University, Thailand)

Impacts of Climate Changes on Vegetable Production and Some Vegetable Development Strategies in Vietnam | Paper : (333) PPT: (308)
─ Dr. Pham Hong Hien (Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences Vinh Quynh, Việt Nam)

Protected Cultivation Technology for High Tech Farming in the Changing Climate Situation in India | Paper : (431) PPT: (352)
─ Dr. Neelam Patel (Centre for Protected Cultivation Technology, India)

Design of Greenhouses for the Tropics and Sub-tropics | Paper : (431) PPT: (326)
─ Dr. Chih-kai Yang (Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Taiwan)

Design Optimization of Greenhouse Environment in Tropical Climate Using Specific Air Space Stratification Technique | Paper : (353)
─ Dr. Mat Sharif Ismail  (MARDI, Malaysia)

Application of Integrated Sensing and Automation Technology, and Preventive Bio-Control Agent for Greenhouse Precision Cultivation | Paper : (342) PPT: (259)
─ Dr. I-Chang Yang (Jianon Enterprise Co., Ltd., Taiwan)

Overview of the Contribution of WorldVeg in Developing Protected Cultivation and its Use of Integrated Pest Management | Paper : (343) PPT: (325)
─ Dr. Abdul Rasheed War (World Vegetable Center, South Asia, Hyderabad, India)

Reviving the Old Solar Sterilization Method by Monitoring the Soil Temperature | Paper : (348) PPT: (353)
─ Dr. Tomoyoshi Hashimoto (National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Japan)

Integrated Management of Tomato Production in the Greenhouse | Paper : (391) PPT: (317)
─ Ms. Han-Chun Hsu (National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Japan)

Soil Steaming for Field and Greenhouse Operations | PPT: (305)
─ Mr. Luuk Runia (Asian Perlite Industries Sdn Bhd - Greenhouse Solutions Asia, Malaysia)

Protected Cultivation of High-Value Crops under Changing Climate Conditions