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Toyota To Produce Paprika With Auto Plant Heat

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:46am

SENDAI, April 16 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will produce paprika jointly with group companies in vinyl greenhouses in the village of Ohira, Miyagi Prefecture, to contribute to local reconstruction from the March 11, 2011, disaster.

In the greenhouses on 3 hectares of land due to be completed in November 2013, Toyota and Vegi Dream Kurihara Corp., a unit of Toyota Tsusho Corp., will produce 315 tons of paprika using residual heat from an in-house power generation system at the adjacent plant of Central Motor Co., an auto parts maker which also belongs to the Toyota Motor group, Japan's largest automaker said.

The operation will emit 25 percent less carbon dioxide, compared with conventional cultivation using gas toheat vinyl greenhouses, and cut production costs by 7 percent.

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