Tropical horticulture in Malaysia

Protected greenhouse horticulture in Malaysia has traditionally been concentrated in the highland regions of the Cameron Highlands, where land is scarce and production competes with tropical rainforest. A demonstration greenhouse has been realized at Serdang in Malaysia, under the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture (DoA).


The general goal is to demonstrate good horticultural practices, which will form the nucleus of future horticultural developments. Focus crops are chilli, tomato, cucumber and melon. One additional aim of the greenhouse is to demonstrate the advantages of Dutch installations, in comparison with installations from for instance France or Australia.

The project objectives are:

  1. Training of trainers (DoA staff, innovative farmers)
  2. Development of demonstration site towards a training location.
  3. Commercialize the greenhouse design as a tested and approved principle for horticulture in tropical lowlands.


More specifically, the following activities are employed:

  1. Starting workshop with DoA, growers and Wageningen UR
  2. Visits by Wageningen UR staff
  3. Periodic open days for larger groups of growers.
  4. Regular visits by a small groups of commited growers to the greenhouse.
  5. Periodic evaluation of progress, identification of knowledge needs.
  6. Registration of key parameters of crop production.
  7. Assistance to growers and entrepreneurs who want to adopt technology.


  1. Better trained DoA staff and growers; an environment in which stakeholders are willing to share knowledge.
  2. Experience with cultivating a number of crops in an improved greenhouse
  3. A proven, modern, greenhouse cultivation system, suitable for the lowland tropical climate.

This impact of this should be a shared agenda by the stakeholders, faster learning by the horticultural sector in Malaysia as a whole, and willingness to implement technological advancements by growers.