We visited South Sulawesi (Wajo and Makassar) and Jakarta with the team of Ishikawa Prefecture government, Japan, to investigate current agricultural situation. Ishikawa Prefecture plans to propose some cooperation programs in agriculture development in the long run with Wajo District government.
Ishikawa Prefecture wants to make some contribution to agricultural mechanization, training of farmers, and income increase of farmers.
In 14 March 2019, I met with several farmer leaders in Batu. We exchanged information about current situation of agriculture in Batu and farmer’s efforts to make optimal innovation in the field.
In 23-28 September 2018, I visited Batu city again as a team member of feasibility study on agricultural cooperation between Fukushima city and Batu city, East Java.
We discussed about how to manage agricultural development in Batu with its mayor and its government officials. Many fruitful information and suggestion we got.
We will invite the delegation of Batu city to Fukushima and Tokyo in 29 October – 2 November 2018.
In 9-15 September 2018, I visited South Sulawesi (Wajo, Pinrang & Makassar) and Jakarta with the delegation of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, to survey about direct seeding of rice in South Sulawesi.
Ishikawa Prefecture and South Sulawesi Province are now facing the same serious challenge of labor shortage in agriculture and both of them think that direct seeding of rice may be the key technology to overcome it.
The delegation directly made field observation, discussed about farming with rice farmers, and got fruitful information from the field. I hope we will have next step for good opportunity to deeply exchange farmer’s knowledge and experience between Ishikawa Prefecture and South Sulawesi Province.
As a study team member, I visited Indonesia for kick-off of our feasibility study on agricultural cooperation between Fukushima city and Batu city, East Java.
We discussed contents and directions of this study with Mayor and government officials of Batu city and exchanged opinion and information with Ministry of Agriculture.
Our team consists of Ginray Co. Ltd. from Fukushima, JA Fukushima Mirai, Prof. Sugiura (Chuo Univ) as chief advisor, ERM Japan and me. We will invite the mission from Batu city headed by its mayor to Fukushima in next July.
Photo with mayor of Batu city after discussion. Taken by Naoko Takahashi, 14 May 2018.
I visited Pinrang Regfency (23-24 October 2017) and Bantaeng Regency (25-26 October 2017), South Sulawesi province, to get information about current situation of agriculture, especially horticulture, and discussed with local government and farmer groups.
I visited Cianjur Regency, West Java, in 18-19 October 2017 to survey about current condition of its agriculture, especially horticulture, with discussed with government officials and farmers group.
I visited Karawang Regency, West Java Province, in 14-15 October, 2017, to get information and discuss about current situation of agriculture, especially rice farming, with local government officials and farmer’s groups.
I attended a study meeting on harmful rumor in the afternoon. The meeting was organized by Fukushima 30-Year Project and lectured by Prof. Ryota Koyama (Fukushima University).
I visited Kota Batu again in 31 October – 1 November. This is the last visit this year to complete the cooperation and collaboration direction between Kota Batu and Fukushima City in agriculture sector.
A proposal was submitted from Fukushima to Batu and we discussed it together. Because the proposal was satisfied with needs from Kota Batu, generally we agreed.
Fukushima team was welcomed by Mayor of Kota Batu, too. Fukushima team appreciated very much on very warm acceptance and positive response from the mayor on the cooperation and collaboration direction.
We will start next step to long-term partnership between Kota Batu and Fukushima City.
Fukushima Team with Mayor of Kota Batu