Participating in Study Tour on Advanced Agriculture in Fukushima

In 28-29 November 2019, we participated in the tour of the “Advanced Agricultural Inspection course” hosted by the Fukushima Innovation Coast Plan Promotion Organization.

On Tour, agricultural recovery by using ICT (Iitate village), research for restart of farming (Minami-Soma city), the country elevator which manages the dry-storage-shipment process of rice (Naraha town), the domestic banana cultivation plant (Hirono town), large-scale strawberry factory (Okuma town), the LED light-used vegetable factory (Kawauchi village), and the flower “Kochoran” factory which used the temperature management by AI (Katsurao village).

In Fukushima prefecture, we were able to confirm that a new agricultural initiative aimed at reconstruction after the nuclear power accident was on going, and we are very lucky to know it in the field.

At the same time, I should think and monitor of the future sustainability of these business that is using government subsidies, how to create good relationship with the local community including the return of the displaced, and how to realize agricultural innovation in Fukushima for the international level in the future.

If you are interested in those advanced agriculture sites, please tell us. We try to arrange the study tour with the Fukushima Innovation Coast Plan Promotion Organization.

LED light-used vegetable factory (Kawauchi village)

Flower “Kochoran” factory which used the temperature management by AI (Katsurao village)

Training for Government Officials of Aceh Tengah in Kochi & Tokyo

We supported the short-term training for government officials of Aceh Tengah in Japan, 5-9 November 2019. This is a part of JICA Grass-root Cooperation Project on orange resource development between Ochi town in Kochi prefecture and Aceh Tengah district.

They learned support policies by local government to develop the 6th industrialization (integration of cultivation-processing-marketing) by private sector this time. Two trainees sent from Aceh Tengah in Ochi town taught how to pick orange to those government officials. Local TV shot the scene.

We hope this short-term training make some contribution to develop the integration of cultivation-processing-marketing of orange resource in Aceh Tengah.

Lecture on OVOP to Trainees from the Maldives, 17 October 2019

I had a chance to give a lecture titled “One Village One Product (OVOP) Movement and Local Development” in a JICA training course for 4 officers from the Maldives in JICA Tsukuba.

I learned many things from discussion with them about very severe impact of resort-tourism on local development process in the context of OVOP Movement. I must investigate deeply what happens at the field of the Maldives.

Thank you very mucu Prof. Yoshihiko Nishimura, for giving very impressive opportunity this time for me.

Business Trip to Cianjur, 8-9 October 2019

We visited Cianjur, West Java, in 8-9 October 2019 with mission from local government of Minakami town, Japan, to prepare JICA Grass-root Cooperation Project on agro-tourism next year.

Kami mengunjungi Kabupaten Cianjur, Jawa Barat, pada tanggal 8-9 Oktober 2019 bersama rombongan Pemkot Minakami, Jepang, untuk persiapan Proyek Kerjasama Akar Rumput tentang agrowisata yang akan mulai tahun 2020..


Guest Lecture / Kuliah Tamu / 特別講義(Kendari, 4 October 2019)

In 4 October 2019, we gave a guest lecture in Southeast Sulawesi University with the title “Business for Social Welfare”.

Pada tanggal 4 Oktober 2019, kami kasih kuliah tamu di Universitas Sulawesi Tenggara, Kendari, dengan judul “Kewirausahaan untuk Kesejahteraan Masyarakat”.


Visit Bada Valley (29 Sep – 1 Oct, 2019)

We visited Bada Valley in Central Sulawesi Province, 29 September to1 October 2019, with Dr. Isamu Sakamoto, a specialist of paper making technique. This time we wanted to see current situation about barkcloth or paper/cloth made from tree skin in Bada.

Barkcloth making technique in Bada and its surrounding areas have been kept since about 3,000 years ago until now, even if its technique succession might be more difficult after modernization drive became stronger with easier transportation access. It took about 10 hours from Tentena to Bada with jeep when we visited here in 1991, and now only 2 hours by Avanza.

We got many impressive information and many new questions about barkcloth. In a word, barkcloth here is very important as its existence since 3,000 years ago only in this area in the world, and as a theme to elucidate cultural diffusion from South Pacific to East Asia via Southeast Asia because its material tree was the same in Bada, South Pacific, Taiwan and Japan. Very exciting on barkcloth in Central Sulawesi.


Business Trip to Aceh: 15-21 September 2019

In 15-21 September 2019, we had a business trip to Aceh and Medan in the name of the JICA grass-roots Project for Sixth Industrialization (cultivation, processing and promotion) of Citrus Resources in Central Aceh District Utilizing Knowledge of Ochi Town. We mainly stay in Takengon, capital city of Central Aceh District.

We discussed with Central Aceh District Government about the implementation of the Project, and explained about next step including the short-term training for local government officials in Japan about supporting policies on promotion of sixth industrialization.

We visited some orange farmers, fruits market, coffee cooperatives etc.. Of course, we enjoyed various delicious local foods in Takengon, Lhokseumawe, and Medan.

Please see the Facebook page of our project with daily report of our trainees:

Dari K Cacao Tour in Sulawesi, 18-25 August 2019

In 18-25 August 2019, I was a coordinator of Dari K Cacao Tour with 25 participants in Sulawesi (Polewali and Makassar), Indonesia. This tour has been annually organized by Dari K Co., Ltd., a chocolate producer in Kyoto with cacao from Sulawesi since 2014.

Most of participants are chocolate lovers and for the first time they met cacao farmers who prepare good quality fermented cacao beans for valuable chocolate of Dari K. Consumers directly meet producers. Consumers give their sincere gratitude to cacao farmers. On the other hand, cacao farmers increase their motivation to produce good quality cacao beans.

In addition, participants enjoyed local foods every day cooked by families of cacao farmers, and many other activities such as the chocolate producing workshop with primary school students, visiting a bean-to-bar local chocolate shop, visiting sago starch processing unit, and special traditional local event of dancing horse.

We believe this tour certainly gave various positive impacts on consumers and producers who respect each other, and planted many seeds for creating next change of world through cacao.

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