Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture
In collaboration with a city dedicated to the spread of organic agriculture
With the enactment of the Green Food System Act and hopes for the further spread of organic farming, Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture, where Ohito Farm is based, held a seminar for producers called “Organic Farming Field seminar.” At the 8th seminar session on October 14, 12 producers visited Ohito Farm and observed how vegetables are grown using the MOA Nature Farming Method.
In order to popularize organic farming, this program uses demonstration fields to learn about weeds, pests, and pest control when growing crops. The rice cultivation course will be held 6 times until December, and the vegetable cultivation course will be held 12 times until March next year. They will include the development of sustainable agricultural techniques such as Nature Farming Method, research, education (Nature Farming Method College), etc. Employees of the National Institute of Agriculture, Environment and Health (public interest incorporated foundation) serves as lecturers.
After receiving an explanation about the history of soil preparation at Ohito Farm and the status of Nature Farming Method work in Thailand, the group also toured an actual demonstration field and a research field where radishes, soybeans, and other crops are cultivated in series. Check the growth status of sweet potatoes. The participants asked questions one after another about their concerns and questions about cultivation and received advice.
“I had briefly thought that organic farming was all about adding organic fertilizers instead of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, but I learned that it’s not good to use too much organic fertilizers either. I also learned about the green manure method, and the principles of nature and soil. Many of my questions have been answered. I’ve come up with ideas for what to do next, and I’m starting to look forward to cultivation.”
The government is promoting a Green Food System Strategy to establish sustainable food system by reducing environmental impact. The goal is to expand the area of organic farming to one-fourth of the total cultivated land area (1 million hectares) by 2050. Together with the government, we also support each municipality in the hope of creating “organic villages,” production areas where the entire community engages in organic farming.