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Japan delegation shares expertise with farmers

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Japan Delegation Shares Expertise With Farmers, FAPCCI, Direct Customers. A delegation of agriculture experts from Japan on Monday shared their success stories in growing varieties of farm products throughout the year by organic farming and innovative farming methods like ‘Hydroponic Growing’ technique at a seminar here at Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI).

They also showed how profitability can be increased by eliminating middlemen.

A delegation of agriculture experts from Japan on Monday shared their success stories in growing varieties of farm products throughout the year by organic farming and innovative farming methods like ‘Hydroponic Growing’ technique at a seminar here at Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI).

They also showed how profitability can be increased by eliminating middlemen and selling it to direct customers. Katsuaki Hirata, Chairman of Hirata Farms in Miyoshi city, explained how his 40-acre farm located 450 metres above sea level became a model for modern day farming after opening it up for general public, who were allowed to pick up fruits, cook food and shop in his farm for a fee. He said that Hirata farms grew several varieties of fruits like cherries, peaches, prunes, strawberries, blue berries, kiwis, cherry and wisteria flowers, chestnuts and oranges, all produced organically; to provide year-round availability of fruits for the people who visit and enjoy.

He showed how the profits could be increased by direct selling farm products to customers and eliminating middlemen, packaging and transportation costs.

He informed that events like Jazz concerts, Christmas dinner parties, grape festival, wisteria festival and others were held regularly at the farm to attract visitors. He educated the participants about ‘Hydroponic Growing’ technique, which was done in air-conditioned green houses, where the air temperature, humidity and the density of Co2 could be controlled, using coco peat instead of soil and growing a couple of metres above the ground. He said that the technique was successfully experimented at Pune, for a project which was done by Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), an NGO based in India and NEC Corporation of Japan, where ‘Japanese Ichigo’ variety of strawberries were successfully grown.

Agricultural Production Corporation (GRA), which was setup by Daiki Iwasa, an IT Engineer, in Yamamoto city, retold its success story of successfully implementing ‘hydroponic growing technique’ to cultivate several varieties of fruits and vegetables in lands which had become barren due to the 2011 Tsunami. The delegation also met researchers and professors of Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University during the day.

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