People from city area including from Australia, Bosnia, Canada, and other countries enjoyed rice harvesting workshop.
People from city area including from Australia, Bosnia, Canada, and other countries enjoyed rice harvesting workshop, a part of \”ABC\” in a rice paddy program, last weekend, 11-12 October in Tochikubo, Niigata.
Those, from 8 nations including Japan, gathered at the community center of the village at 1 pm on Saturday. Mr. FUEKI Akira, one of the local leaders, introduced brief history of the village since \”Sengoku-Jidai,\” or worriers period about 500 years ago.
In the class after the walk, Mr. FUEKI talked about rice faming from business perspectives. According to him, selling price to \”Nokyo,\” or the Farmers Association, is 15,000 JPY per 60 kg, Production from a rice paddy of 1,000 sq. meter would be like 540 kg and total income from one standard paddy would be 135,000 JPY. One family in the village owns 1 ha of the rice paddies in average. So total income to one family from rice would be 1,350,000 JPY although for that farming machines which need millions of yen for each each.
Based on those factors they exchanged opinions over the rice farming and the future of Japanese rural societies.
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29 participants enjoyed harvesting and drying rice under the sun in Tochikubo, Minamiuonuma on October 17th 18th,
The 5th class of ABC in a Rice Paddy in this year was held on October 17th 18th with 29 people, including students, business persons and families from metropolitan area. This time, university students occupied a half of the group.
On the 1st day, participants listened to the lecture by villagers and joined Tochikubo ecology research. On the 2nd day, they harvested, bound, and hung rice under the blue sky.