The Kyushu-Okinawa region is home to diverse agriculture and is an important area for food production in Japan. The region experiences, in addition to typhoons and droughts, high temperature injury and damage caused by exotic and new pests due to global warming. Moreover, the food industry has played an important role in the region, so it is important for us to develop the "scenery"industry, a term coined by Naraomi Imamura referring to a new industrial category in which the primary, secondary and tertiary industries are integrated, and to foster collaborations of agriculture, commerce and industry for business. To achieve these objectives, the Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center, NARO (KARC/NARO) conducts research designed to deal with these problems in an appropriate and prompt manner while closely collaborating with the government under the new research system.
As the frontline of agricultural research in the Kyushu and Okinawa regions, we focus on basic and applied research as well as the dissemination of any technologies we develop. We aim to contribute to the development of agricultural technologies, promote related industries and create new food cultures for the Kyushu-Okinawa region. We also promote the collaboration of industry, universities, government and public relations activities.
The KARC/NARO originated from the Kyushu Wheat Research Station, which was established in 1932 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Agricultural Experiment Station. In April 1950, the Kyushu Wheat Research Station changed its name to the Kyushu National Agricultural Experiment Station of the MAF and in 2001, as part of Japan's administrative reforms, became a research institute of the National Agriculture Research Organization (currently, the National Agricultural Research Organization Food Research Institute [NARO]).
Research activities at the NARO/KARC contribute to the development of stable food resources, improvement of food safety and consumer confidence, development of global warming measures and promotion of biomass use, creation of new demands, and other goals set forth in the mid-term plan developed by the NARO. We are a core institute for local agricultural research through the establishment of the following five research areas: crop development and utilization, livestock and grassland, production environment, rice cultivation and horticulture, and upland farming.