中日農業賞を受賞しました

このたび,宮ザキ園の代表,梅村篤志が,中日新聞社が主催する中日農業賞優秀賞をいただきました。平成最後の年,愛知県内からは唯一の受賞者となりました。嬉しい限りです。受賞のことは,翌日2日の中日新聞朝刊にも掲載していただきました。関係者の皆様,ありがとうございました。

中日農業賞優秀賞表彰状
中日農業賞優秀賞表彰状

中日農業賞は,1940(昭和15)年から,中部9県(愛知、岐阜、三重、静岡、長野、富山、石川、福井、滋賀)で新しい農業と地域振興に取り組む青年農業者などに贈る中日新聞社が創設した歴史のある賞とのことです。現在は高齢化や後継者不足を背景に青年農業者を対象に選定されており,今回が第78回。

宮ザキ園では,かつて全国的な銘茶の産地といわれた地元岡崎市(旧額田町)宮崎地区のお茶産業の復興を図るため,有機無農薬栽培(JAS認証)のお茶づくりや,国産紅茶「わ紅茶」の栽培・加工・販売に取り組んできた他,海外販路開拓にも積極的に挑戦してまいりました。いずれもまだまだ緒についたばかりの長い道程のほんの入口に居る段階ですが,こうして伝統ある賞に選んでいただいたことは大変光栄です。表彰状で,祖父のことに触れていただいたことにも大変感激しています。若輩者ですが,これからも農を通じた山村振興に尽力して参ります。

2019年3月1日第78回中日農業賞贈呈式にて
2019年3月1日第78回中日農業賞贈呈式にて

Organic JAS certification

2017年09月12日,JAS有機加工食品(茶)の認定を受けました。
On September 12, 2017, Miyazakien got certification of JAS organic processed food (tea).

Recently we reported studying about organic certification, and this time we are proud to report that Miyazakien have received official certification for JAS organic processed food (tea). As for the certification, we asked Public Interest Incorporated group corporation Ainokai to inspect.

Miyazakien is located in a mountainous area with Otogawa river, where there are many tea gardens on both sides of the riverside road passing through the mountains. As with Shizuoka prefecture where is a major production area of ​​tea in Japan, our place is also a area with moderate temperature difference and humidity, cultivation of tea was thriving from the Edo period.

However, the cultivation of large-scale tea that introduced large machines and equipment in plain and basin, gentle hilly areas like Shizuoka became popular and the competitiveness of our farming area became weakened because mechanization was difficult as it is in mountainous area. In order to differentiate our products from others in such mass production area, Miyazakien challenged to be the first tea farmer in Aichi prefecture in 2006 having organic certification by tea cultivation and processing. However, as the main ship-to party was wholesale to JA etc., there was also the aspect that it could not fully utilize the precious certification.

Before and after the certification of the sixth industrialization by the Japanese government,  Miyazakien has greatly steered from its historical wholesale business model by a tea garden to direct sales to consumers and restaurants as a tea garden. By directly informing the consumer about the initiative of the garden, and securing the distribution process which does not mix with other mass-produced tea, it becomes easy to convey the identity and the commitment of the garden again.

In the future, we will make use of this organic certificate, not only for domestic but also for oversea market development. We have already begun to develop sales channels for overseas markets such as New York, Hong Kong, Malaysia, etc. In any country / region, not only the taste and aroma of the tea at the Miyazakien, but also organic crops (Organic)  has been highly appreciated. There are still many things to be tackled, such as expanding production volume and raising awareness, but we will continue to motivate the promotion of the tea industry in Okazaki City Miyazaki district here and there.

We produce Organic Japanese Tea

2006有機JAS認証
2006有機JAS認証

On 27th December 27, 2006, Miyazakien got certified as an organic JAS for the first time as a tea farmer in Aichi Prefecture. The photograph on the left is “Certificate of Organic Agricultural Production Process Administrator Certificate” received.

Currently, in Japan, registration accreditation body inspects that production conforming to the JAS standard of organic foods is being done, only certified companies can affix organic JAS mark. Displaying the name of “organic” or “organic product” etc., and display that is confusing to this are prohibited by law in agricultural products and agricultural processed foods which do not have this “organic JAS mark”. For details, please refer to Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’s “Organic food inspection certification system page“.