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)

Business Trip to Sulawesi & Jakarta (4-7 August 2019)

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.

Visit Batu city for Agricultural Cooperation (23-28 Sep 2018)

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.

Visit South Sulawesi & Jakarta, 9-15 Sep 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.

Batu and Jakarta in 11-17 May 2018

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.

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