Atsushi Umemura, the representative of Miyazakien, awarded the Chunichi Agriculture Prize Excellence Award hosted by the Japanese one of most quality news paper company, Chunichi Shimbun. In the last year of Heisei, it was the only recipient from Aichi Prefecture. We are very happy and proud of it. The award was published in the morning edition of the Chunichi Shimbun on the following day. Thank you to everyone involved.
The Chunichi Agriculture Prize has been awarded to young farmers working on new agriculture and regional development in the nine central prefectures (Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Shizuoka, Nagano, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Shiga) in Japan since 1940 (Showa 15). It is a historical award established by Chunichi Shimbun. Currently, it has been selected for young farmers because of the aging population and a shortage of successors.
At Miyazakien, in order to revive the tea industry in the Miyazaki area of Okazaki City (formerly Nukata-cho), which was once said to be a nationwide famous tea production area, tea making with organic pesticide-free cultivation (JAS certification) and domestic tea. In addition to working on the cultivation, processing, and sales of “wakocha,” the Japanese black tea, we have also actively challenged the development of overseas sales channels. Both are at the very beginning of a long journey just getting started, but it’s an honor to be chosen for this traditional award. We are also very impressed by mentioning to our 4th representative Akiji in the certificate. Atsushi is a young person, but we will continue to make efforts to promote this mountain village Miyazaki-cho in the Okazaki city through agriculture.