As part of the Exchange Program “JENESYS 2018,” 87 students and supervisors from SAARC 8 countries visited Japan from December 10 to December 18, 2018 to participate in the program aimed at learning about Japanese agriculture.
Based on the theme “agriculture,” the party audited lectures related to that theme in Tokyo and local regions, inspected related facilities, experienced culture and homestay, and participated in workshops. In the lecture on the current situation of Japan’s agriculture given by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, questions in comparison with agriculture in one’s own countries and questions concerning the decrease in population engaged in agriculture were raised, which was a good introduction for the Program. Later, Group A and Group B visited Nagano. They paid a courtesy visit to the government office in Hakuba Village and conducted a school exchange. In addition to this, the groups visited Omachi City and inspected a place recyclable waste is separated. Seeing various products made from local agricultural products, some of the people in the visiting groups actually realized the meaning of sextiary industry which was covered in the lecture. Group C visited Fukushima and actually experienced local efforts toward agriculture through a courtesy visit to Ten-ei Village, an inspection of a roadside station, and a school exchange event, etc. At Ten-ei Village, the Group had a great interest in the radiation inspection and asked a series of questions including if vegetables grown in greenhouses are also subject to inspection. Group D visited Kumamoto, paid a courtesy visit to the Kumamoto Prefectural Government, made an inspection of the Fruit Tree Research Station, and conducted a school exchange event. At the Fruit Tree Research Station, the group had an opportunity to taste oranges that were not yet on the market, a new species improved by the institute. The group was very pleased to receive answers for almost all questions asked, including data.
Through interacting with Japanese people the participants improve their understanding of Japan and shared their individual interests and experiences via Social Media. Based upon their findings and learning in Japan, each group of participants made a presentation in the final session and reported on the action plans to be taken after returning to their home countries.