Shipment of greenhouse oranges from JA, which boasts the highest production in Japan, began on April 28, 2022 at JA Karatsu Citrus Fruit Sorting Plant in Hamatama-machi, Karatsu City. While the effects of high crude oil prices continue, we are aiming for shipments of 4,400 tons and sales of 3,450 million yen, which are on par with the average year, and are delivering to markets such as Kanto, Kansai, and Fukuoka. 170 households in Karatsu City and Genkai Town, Higashimatsuura District are cultivating on about 80 hectares. The peak shipment period is mid-July and seems to continue until late September. On the first day, one farmer in Genkai Town seems to have shipped about 300 kg of oranges. The average sugar content grows sweeter than 13 degrees, and workers sort it by color, shape, and size, pack it in a cosmetic box or pack, and deliver it to the people concerned and consumers with all their heart.
Top sales by JA Karatsu in Karatsu City, Genkai Town, Higashimatsuura District, and JA Karatsu in the early morning of July 8, 2022, in an attempt to promote JA Karatsu’s greenhouse Satsuma Mandarin, which boasts the highest production in Japan, at the Ota Market in Tokyo (Tokai, Ota Ward, Tokyo). In the auction, it seems that one case (48 pieces, 5 kg), which is the highest price ever, was sold for 1.3 million yen. It seems that 39 items exhibited at the fair held at JA Karatsu Citrus Fruit Sorting Center in Hamatama Town, Karatsu City on July 5th of the same year are being shipped to the Ota Market, which is the kitchen of Tokyo.
Soichi Yamashita, a teacher who has been engaged in agriculture in Karatsu City and has written various books as a “farmer writer” for about half a century, which I introduced at the beginning, will be hospitalized in Karatsu on July 10, 2022. It seems that he died at a city hospital. He was 86 years old. Soichi was born in Karatsu City in 1936 as the eldest son of a farmer, and has been engaged in agriculture since graduating from junior high school. He started writing when he was in his thirties, and has left over 40 works for about half a century, from novels to nonfiction. I really wanted to tell you, so don’t forget anyone who sympathizes with a great way of life like him.