GreenPlus partner with UQ to advance protected cropping research in Australia

27 July 2023

GreenPlus Co. Ltd (GreenPlus Korea) and its subsidiary, GreenPlus Aus Pty Ltd (GreenPlus Australia), have taken a significant step towards fostering sustainable agricultural practices in Australia by signing a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The University of Queensland.

This momentous collaboration aims to propel protected cropping research and foster growth within the protected cropping industry in the country.

group standing around boarding room table with signed MOU
(L-R) Joon Lee, Stephen Copplin, Prof Neena Mitter, Steve Kim, Prof Paul Gauthier, Chris Keum, Alisa Becker

GreenPlus Korea and GreenPlus Australia are at the forefront of high-tech innovation in commercial horticulture, floriculture, and aquaculture farming systems over 26 years globally.

Their proprietary technologies empower indoor farming systems, providing complete control over growth environments and the automation of production processes.

UQ, recognised as a global leader in agriculture and food science research and production systems, houses the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), an esteemed research institute dedicated to driving innovation in agriculture.

This landmark MOU outlines a shared commitment to advancing initiatives that support protected cropping research and promote the growth of the industry in Australia.

Both parties will work collaboratively to explore study tours and trade visits to Korean protected cropping projects, facilitate the design and development of cutting-edge protected cropping components.

Mr Chris Keum, Vice-President, International Business of GreenPlus Korea., expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled to collaborate with The University of Queensland in this historic partnership.

"Through our combined expertise, we aim to drive advancements in protected cropping practices, foster innovation, and promote sustainable agricultural techniques for the benefit of the Australian agriculture community."

Commenting on the MOU, Professor Paul Gauthier of Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), shared, "This collaboration with GreenPlus presents exciting opportunities to advance our research in protected cropping.

"By combining academic and industry expertise, we can address critical challenges and enhance sustainable food production practices."

Professor Neena Mitter, Director of the Centre for Horticultural Sciencemat QAAFI, also expressed her thoughts, saying, "The MOU with GreenPlus signifies a commitment to innovation and collaboration.

"Together, we can create a transformative impact on the agricultural sector, fostering cutting-edge research and sustainable solutions for the future."

Steve Kim, Director of GreenPlus Australia, shared his vision, "GreenPlus is fully vertically integrated company which has manufacturing plants, delivery of full turn-key projects and commercial farm operation by ourselves.

"As the Australian subsidiary of GreenPlus Co. Ltd., we are dedicated to supporting Australia's protected cropping endeavors.

"This collaboration represents a remarkable opportunity to drive advancements in protected cropping, promoting sustainable practices and ensuring food security for generations to come.

"This collaboration will add significant value to the rapidly emerging industry in Oceania."

GreenPlus will also grant UQ access to their manufacturing plants for the design and production of research projects, fostering vital collaborations between the industry and research sectors.

As the MOU sets the stage for a dynamic and fruitful partnership, GreenPlus Co. Ltd., GreenPlus Aus Pty Ltd, and The University of Queensland eagerly anticipate the positive impact this collaboration will bring to the agricultural and food science sectors in Australia.

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