HARC Mission and Research Orientation
The Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center's mission is to develop new agricultural techniques in order to provide stable supply of safe food to the citizens by means of further advances in cold-region agriculture. The center is a member of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organisation (NARO), Japan`s largest agricultural research institution, and as such it makes the utmost use of the network of agricultural research institutes covering Japan to work on research from a long-term perspective including global warming, environmental conservation, biomass, and biotechnology. In collaboration with other research institutions in Hokkaido and other prefectures,including the Hokkaido Research Organisation, the center aims to establish techniques in farming operations and to conduct both leading edge research and basic research on areas including new cultivars, farm work, animal feeding, and foods. Under its director-general, the Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center comprises a Department of Planning and General Administration, six research divisions, and a Research Support Center. Research is proceeding in accordance with mid-term plans.
During the second mid-term targeted period (FY 2006 to FY 2010), our achievements included development of a revolutionary type of wheat for bread-making, a new potato cultivar with resistance to disease and insect pests, and a method of selective breeding for selecting milking cows based on lactation persistency. Using these as a spring board, in the third mid-term targeted period (FY 2011 to FY 2015) we shall further our research and development in area including basic research creating agricultural products highly resistant to low temperatures and other environmental stresses, development of more cultivars adapted to cold regions, new ways of supplying domestically produced livestock feed, and ICT (Information Communication Technology) to large-scale agriculture.
- 1901: The Hokkaido Farming Experiment Station was established in the second Farm of the Sapporo Agricultural College.
- 1925: Construction of the new office building of the Hokkaido Agricultural Experimental Station was completed in Kotoni, Sapporo.
- 1942: The Hokkaido Farming Experiment Station, the Breeding Station of the Hokkaido Government, and the Sheep Breeding Station of the Hokkaido Government were consolidated into the Hokkaido Agricultural Experimental Station.
- 1950: The Hokkaido Agricultural Experimental Station was divided into the Hokkaido National Agricultural Experiment Station and the Hokkaido Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station.
- 1966: The Hokkaido National Agricultural Experiment Station was moved to its current location (Hitsujigaoka, Sapporo).
- 2001: Reorganized as the National Agricultural Research Center for Hokkaido Region.
- 2003: Reorganized as the National Agricultural Research Center for Hokkaido Region under the Bio-oriented Technology Research Advancement Institution.
- 2006: Reorganized as the Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center (HARC) under the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization.
- 2016: Reorganized as the Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center, NARO (HARC/NARO) in conjunction with the integration of 4 national research institutes.