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Mrs.Kyoko Tochitani|The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage SystemsNew!!

Mrs.Kyoko Tochitani (Tsurugi Town /Keka Revitalization Project) This is Mrs. Kyoko Tochitani who is the representative of the Keka revitalization project and started Indigo cultivation. She wanted to produce "Edible Indigo" in Keka district of Tsurugi town where Indigo cultivation used to be actively carried out. Keka's Indigo is cultivated with traditional farming methods. The fields of Tadeai are covered with thatch and fallen leaves. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used. "Keka's Aifun (Edible Indigo Powder)" is made from dried and powdered indigo leaves grown with great care. Mrs. Tochitani produces and sells this product which is good for our bodies because she wants consumers to eat Indigo with […]

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Mr.Shinichi Maeda|The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage SystemsNew!!

Mr.Shinichi Maeda (Mima City/Hassaku Orange Farm) Shidehara of Anabuki town in Mima city is located along the Anabuki River, which is said to be the clearest streams in Shikoku and is known as a production area of Hassaku orange. The 8 farmers of the "Shidehara Hassaku Orange Productive Cooperation" certified as Eco-Farmer ship approximately 50 tons of Hassaku orange per year. The Hassaku orange is grown by skilled farmers using reduced pesticides and organic fertilizers, and has been exported to Europe for the past six years. This is Mr. Shinichi Maeda who is the head of the Shidehara Hassaku Orange Productive Cooperation. Sericulture used to flourish in this area. Mr. […]

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Mr.Yoshinobu Fujio, Mrs.Kinuyo Fujio |The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mr.Yoshinobu Fujio, Mrs.Kinuyo Fujio (Wakimachi in Mima City) There is a field with 600 blueberry trees in a mountainous area at an altitude of 400 meters. Mr.Yoshinobu Fujio and his wife Mrs.Kinuyo run a blueberry farm in Nishi-Otani, Wakimachi, Mima city.Mr.Yoshinobu took early retirement from the company he worked for when he was 51 years old and started farming in 2006. The reason he started growing blueberries was to use them as an ingredient for his wife Mrs.Kinuyo's bread making.The first year, we planted about 80 blueberry trees. Each year, they added more and more trees, and now they grow 600 blueberry trees of 60 varieties without any pesticides. The […]

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Mr.Fumihiro Okamoto・Mrs.Reiko Okamoto|The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mr.Fumihiro Okamoto・Mrs.Reiko Okamoto (Higashi-Iya in Miyoshi City/Farmer) Mr. and Mrs. Okamoto grow "Goushu potato" in Higashi-iya, Miyoshi city. It is a type of potato called "Goushu potato" that has been handed down from ancient times in the mountainous area around Mt.Tsurugisan. It is said to be originated from the Heike clan who were driven out of the capital and fell into the East-iya region in the old days. It is grown on sloping lands with good water repellency. Layers of thatch on the fields are effective in preventing frost and suppressing weeds to grow potatoes, and harvesting takes place from July to August.The potatoes are small in size and available […]

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Mr.Itaru Sato|The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mr.Itaru Sato (Ashiro in Higashi-Miyoshi Town) There was a village called Dodoro which was located in the mountains at an altitude of about 500 meters in the Ashiro district of Higashi-miyoshi town. About 50 years ago, there were 10 private homes in this area, but the place name "Dodoro" is no longer used because the number of houses has been decreased to two. Mr. Itaru Sato runs a farm in this village. Mr. Sato lives at the foot of the mountain now, but he grew up in this village. His 83-year-old mother, Mrs.Kayoko still lives alone in the family home, and Mr. Sato grows vegetables and minor grains in this […]

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Mr.Hiroaki Kondo |The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mr.Hiroaki Kondo (Iuchi, Ikawa Town in Miyoshi City) Tea plantations on the mountain slopes are dotted throughout the Iuchi district of Ikawa town in Miyoshi city. Tea cultivation used to flourish on the steep mountain slopes in this area, however, there are fewer and fewer people who can manage their tea plantations because of population aging. Under such circumstances, Mr. Hiroaki Kondo of Kondo LLC began managing the tea plantations of elderly people who could no longer grow tea to revive local tea as a specialty product. Mr.Kondo and his father manage 8 tea farmlands from 5 retired farmers in total, including his own tea farm near his house and […]

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Mr.Keiichiro Yamashita|The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mr.Keiichiro Yamashita (Ikeda Town in Miyoshi City) The Koyatoko district is located in Nishiyama, Ikeda town, Miyoshi city which is a small village in the mountains above JR Tsubojiri station known as an unexplored station. Mr.Keiichiro Yamashita decided to quit the company he had been working for and take over his family's farming business in 2020. Mr.Yamashita's family grows mainly fruit tomatoes and sweet potatoes. They harvest tomatoes from summer to fall, and in winter they use the sweet potatoes harvested in fall to make dried sweet potatoes. Tomato plastic greenhouses are covered with finely chopped Kaya as a fertilizer. The harvested tomatoes are shipped to local products markets and […]

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Mr.Keiji Mikasa|The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mr.Keiji Mikasa (Wakimachi in Miyoshi City/Chairman of the Research Association for the Cultivation, Production, and Consumption of Jerusalem artichoke) In summer, there are filled with yellow Jerusalem artichoke flowers in the Higashimatamyou area fields which is located between mountains of Wakimachi in Mima city. The cultivation of Jerusalem artichoke in this region began around 2013. The wife of Mr. Keiji Mikasa who is the chairman of the research association for the cultivation, production, and consumption of Jerusalem artichoke began growing it when she found it growing wild in her neighborhood. About 20 farmers in the neighborhood formed a research association for cultivation, production, and consumption to increase cultivation by using […]

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Mrs.Sakae Kitazuka, Mrs.Akemi Miki|The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mrs.Sakae Kitazuka・Mrs.Akemi Miki (Tsurugi Town) Mikidochi, a small village in the mountainous area of Sadamitsu in Tsurugi town. Mrs.Sakae Kitazuka began helping out with her parents' farm around 2017 because her parents were getting older. She says she had little farming experience, although she helped her parents produce leaf tobacco when she was a child. In May, she and her mother, Mrs.Akemi harvest hulless barley and then they process the barley into Hattai flour for sale. Hattai flour is made by roasting the hulless barley in a kiln until slightly charred, and then grinding them into powder. Bagged Hattai flour is a popular product sold at local roadside stations. She […]

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Mr. Mitsuru Ousaka, Mrs.Yumiko Ousaka |The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mr. Mitsuru Ousaka・Mrs.Yumiko Ousaka (Mima Town in Mima City/Mima Community Center) "Mimakara" is a condiment made by stir-frying local capsicum with bonito flakes, sesame oil, soy sauce, and other ingredients. It is a specialty product of Mima city that is very popular for its strong and addictive spiciness. Mr.Mitsuru Ousaka who works at Mima Community Center and also produces Mimakara has long been involved in volunteer activities to revitalize the town with his local friends. During that activities, he started producing Mimakara in 2007. They started making condiments by focusing on Capsicum, which has long been cultivated in the mountainous areas of Mima city. Capsicum used for condiments is grown […]

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Mr.Matsufumi Noda|The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mr.Matsufumi Noda (Higashi-Miyoshi Town) Agricultural plastic greenhouses are lined up on a mountain slope. Tomato cultivation has long been popular in the Nishisho district in the mountainous area of Higashi-Miyoshi town because the huge difference in temperature makes it possible to produce tasty tomatoes with a strong flavor. Farmer Mr.Matsufumi Noda grows large tomatoes and small tomatoes in plastic greenhouses, and harvesting takes place from July. Mr. Noda's tomatoes are shipped mainly within Tokushima prefecture and to the Kansai region, and are popular at local products markets for their sweetness and delicious taste. Mr. Noda has been growing tomatoes for more than 20 years, but he said, "I don't know […]

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Mr.Shigetsugu Ikemoto, Mrs.Yoshie Ikemoto|The People Supporting Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Mr.Shigetsugu Ikemoto・Mrs.Yoshie Ikemoto (Wakimachi in Miyoshi City) This direct sales market is opened every Sunday and sells vegetables and processed products from the local Otani area. Mr.Shigetsugu Ikemoto is the head of the direct sales market’s management council, and he cultivates the vegetables for sale at the market with his wife, Mrs. Yoshie. Mr. and Mrs. Ikemoto grew tobacco leaves until about 30 years ago. After that, they raised poultry and grew Soba and vegetable seeds. Now, they grow a variety of vegetables each season and sell them directly at the market. The direct sales market also has a Soba noodle shop where visitors can eat Soba and Udon noodles […]

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