“Dekopon” is a registered trademark owned by JA Kumamoto Fruit Federation. Harvest time is from December to March. After that, it will be stored and will be on the shelves until June. P-Plus is useful for keeping freshness in both regular and stored products. For P-Plus®, the amount of oxygen permeation is adjusted by methods such as applying micro-hole processing to the film. You can set the optimum film permeation amount according to the type, weight, distribution environment, etc. of fruits and vegetables inside. Based on a wealth of data on each fruit and vegetable, P-Plus® （Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.）finely adjusts the size and number of micropores according to individual distribution conditions to control the optimum state for vegetables and fruits. Blessed with a warm climate and fertile land, Kumamoto Prefecture is said to be a treasure trove of a wide variety of fruits, especially citrus fruits. The fruit trees that spread out on the gently sloping land facing the coastline, which benefits from the sea breeze and the sun, are divine.
Sales of 2016 crops seem to have grown steadily from September through the end of the year, partly due to the flow of reconstruction assistance following the Kumamoto earthquakes. After the beginning of the year, the sales situation continued to be tough due to the late shipment of unshu mandarin oranges and the fact that the middle and late varieties were in the new year, but I heard that the sales of decopon in the latter half of the year went smoothly. At 21:26 on April 14th, an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 occurred in the Kumamoto region of Kumamoto Prefecture, and a seismic intensity of 7 was observed in Mashiki Town, Kumamoto Prefecture. Also, at 01:25 on the 16th, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 occurred, with a seismic intensity of 7 in Mashiki Town, Kamimashiki District and Nishihara Village, Aso District and strong shaking was observed in Kumamoto Prefecture and other prefectures in the Kyushu region. This is the first time since 1949, when a seismic intensity of 7 was set, that consecutive earthquakes with a seismic intensity of 7 have occurred in the same area. In addition to these earthquakes, seismic activity continued to increase from Kumamoto Prefecture to Oita Prefecture. A total of 1,888 earthquakes with a seismic intensity of 1 or higher occurred, including four with a seismic intensity of 5-upper and eight with a seismic intensity of 5-lower. In mid-June, about two months after the earthquake, seismic activity continued, including an earthquake with a seismic intensity of lower 5 (June 12). As of July 14, 55 people died and 1,814 people were injured. In Kumamoto Prefecture, more than 180,000 people evacuated after the earthquake, and as of July 13, about 4,700 people were still living as evacuees. About 8,300 buildings were completely destroyed, and a total of 160,000 houses were damaged. In addition, a maximum of about 450,000 homes were without water, about 480,000 homes were without power, about 110,000 homes were without gas supply, and roads, railroads, and air routes were temporarily disrupted, causing great damage.
This blessed climate is also suitable for producing ultra-early rice, and is famous for the earliest shipment of Koshihikari rice in Kumamoto Prefecture. Amakusa Kuroge Wagyu beef that is raised all over the Amakusa area and is working to establish a new brand Brand Wagyu Beef.It seems that the cows spend their time relaxing and eating grass at the foot of the mountains of Amakusa, while feeling the sea breeze.The producers spend a lot of time and love raising their beef using the methods inherited from long ago. Instead of feeding the cows prematurely by feeding them concentrated feed, the cows are raised on grass, following the old-fashioned breeding method and putting their heart and soul into raising them). Located in a prefecture famous for Higo’s red beef, only Japanese black beef has been produced in Amakusa for a long time, and the reputation of the market seems to be increasing. In addition, we produce a wide variety of vegetables, including national brand lettuce, okra, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, green peppers, onions, and cucumbers. A small amount of fruits such as strawberries, peaches, loquats, and melons are also cultivated. Flower cultivation is also popular in the area centered on the Oyano district (former Amakusa district). Kasumi grass, carnations, statice, and lisianthus seem to bloom beautifully from December to May.