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Home > Social & Environmental Activities (CSR) > What's New > 2014 > Environmental topics

Environmental topics

Going in the Third Year of Cultivating Buckwheat in Idle Farmland (Japan)

Participants sow looking forward to harvesting in November

Group photo in the field after sowing


On August 23, the Mie Plant of Sharp Corporation sowed seeds as the first event of its buckwheat cultivation activities of this year, in idle farmland in Kurumagawa, Taki Town.

In this area, abandoned farmland has been a serious concern due to graying farmers and crop damage caused by animals. The Mie Plant has been cultivating buckwheat, led by the “Kurumagawa Mountain-Village Fan Club,” in collaboration with the local residents, the Taki Town office, the Matsusaka agriculture and forestry office of the Mie prefecture, and Sharp’s business partner MIE Technology Corporation, in order to revive and preserve farmland since fiscal year 2012. As they reaped the buckwheat and gathered about 200 kg of the threshed in the 2013 fiscal year, the local people place high expectations on the activity of utilizing idle fields.

 

Despite of the day of strong sunshine and high humidity, a total of 46 participants sowed in a field of about 3,000m² as scheduled. In September, those buckwheat flowers will fully bloom and a harvesting is scheduled in November.

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