About Rice Breeding


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Parent page: About Agriculture
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Here, we will explain the rice breeding that is being carried out in Japan . Breeding means making it easier to mass-produce grains, vegetables, fruits, livestock, etc., improving the taste, and creating varieties that are resistant to harsh environments and diseases.

Breeding of rice began in Japan during the Meiji era

Rice has been the staple food of the Japanese people throughout the history of Japan, but the improvement of rice varieties began in 1897. At that time, breeding was required to efficiently produce a large amount of agricultural products.

In response, agronomist Shigemoto Kato spent many years researching rice varieties and produced many new varieties. Called the father of Tohoku rice cultivation improvement, he also classified a wide variety of rice in the world and published numerous papers on the cultivation of new varieties. It can be said that he was the person who revolutionized the rice cultivation industry.