Rice planting starts in Iriomote Island, earliest harvest in Japan

Rice planting starts in Iriomote Island, earliest harvest in Japan

In Taketomi Town, Iriomote Island, on January 20, a farmer starts planting the “super early rice” in Yaeyama, the most famous rice production area in Okinawa.


January 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan’s earliest rice planting has now begun in the prefecture’s Yaeyama region, where most of the rice grown in Okinawa is produced. In Taketomi Town on Iriomote Island, 39-year-old rice farmer Kohkin Nishiohmasu started planting rice seedlings of the Hitomebore brand with his rice planter for the earliest harvest in the country. He plans to plant the seedlings in his 10-hectare rice paddies, aiming to harvest about 40 tons of rice. Nishiohmasu said, “I hope the planting will lead to a rich harvest.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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