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Hokkaido Fuyumizu-tambo (Winter-flooded Rice Paddies) Project
Activities: Conservation and utilization of various ecosytems/cultivated ecosystem
Objective/target: Arable land
Area: Eniwa-shi, Hokkaido and Nanporo-cho etc.
Period: Sept.2005 – March 2009（１st period）
Participants: Total of 2,500 participants, including 84 company employees
Number of activities held: Total of 70 activities
This project has established a wet-paddy winter approach for Hokkaido and is a multifaceted endeavor with myriad benefits, among them establishing and spreading farming rice paddies without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. This has contributed to the conservation of biodiversity and the production of rice that is both safe and has added value. In addition, it has also helped environmental education and the development of local communities.
Aleph employees and local citizens have while cultivating rice in the company-owned paddies also implemented an experimental program that combines the surveying of wildlife with farm work. In its first year, the project generated data indicating increases in the number of some organisms such as frog tadpoles. Over the three years, 20 species of dragonfly have been confirmed.
With the participation of various stakeholders, including farmers, experts and municipalities, the demonstration was carried out in the farmers’ paddies.