Located in the Aomori prefecture on the main island of Honshu around 600 km north of the capital city Tokyo, the Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School is one of the latest educational establishments to have received GLOBALG.A.P. Certification.

With a population of approximately 58,000, Goshogawara city is located in the western part of Aomori prefecture. Its main industry is agriculture, with the apple production of the city ranked in the top 10 of all municipalities in Japan. In fact, with a production area of more than 21,000 hectares, the Aomori prefecture accounts for over 57% of apple production in Japan.

The city has promoted a range of unique initiatives in the area of agriculture, having established an agricultural research institute (biotechnology centre), and has developed and registered a new variety of red-fleshed apple called “Goshogawara” for processing and “Koei” for eating, both of which are currently gaining increased attention around the world. In addition to apple production, the area also features a wide variety of seafood and agricultural products.

Mr. Akira Yamaguchi, Director of Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School, is particularly pleased to have been granted GLOBALG.A.P. Certification: “The main reason we applied for GLOBALG.A.P. Certification was to open the door to the world for our younger generation. When we asked students across all departments, 15 students accepted the challenge and thus the GLOBALG.A.P. team was established. The students had to take the main responsibilities, and the faculty merely served as a support. As we face the difficulties of a decreasing and aging farming population, and are increasingly confronted with TPP issues, our students can aim to live a fulfilling life in the agricultural or related industries thanks to the direct experience of GLOBALG.A.P. Certification. We hope that this established, global standard will help them to live strongly at home and abroad.”

Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School has a tradition of 114 years, and has the ambition to be a world-leading agricultural specialized school. As Mr. Yamaguchi explains: “For our students who are studying in this environment, GLOBALG.A.P. Certification has the meaning of a passport to the outside world. Last year, our orchard was certified and this year we will try to extend certification to our rice field. I am sure that approval and certification in the fields of rice and apple farming will give our students a new perspective and a different view of the world. Once the certification is complete, we are planning an overseas trip where our students will have the opportunity to present and sell our produce in a self-devised booth.”

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