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Saturday, November 16, 2013

HOKAIDO, JAPAN HOTHOUSE MANGOES ....













Dr Yoshimi Yonemoto of Jinnai Farm 21 in 北海道樺戸郡浦臼町 checks a mango just prior to harvest. 




The noted hortiiculturalist has worked with mangos from Hokkaido to Ishigaki, helping growers to produce high quality fruit for consumers in Japan. 





The farm produces as much as 50 metric tons of mangos per year for consumers. — with Yoshimi Yonemoto.


 

















Miki Kusaka from Jinnai Farm21院海道樺戸郡浦臼町 places just picked mangos on a line to be weighed and have their color and sugar checked. 




In peak season over 2000 mangoes a day can be checked and packaged according to size, color and sugar content. 



Less than 5% of all mangoes grown are of the ¥10,000 yen each class. 


Most of the Hokkaido house grown fully ripe mangos are priced from ¥1500 yen to ¥5000.

























Neted Irwin mangos are waiting to drop into the nets as the winter season harvest begins at Jinnai Farm 21 in 北海道樺戸郡浦臼町.




 As mangoes fully ripen they fall into the net un-damaged and are havrsted daily and shipped to market.






Mango production in Japan is based mainly using our Floridian cultivar call 'Irwin’. They grow mangos in green houses.
~ Noris Ledesma

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
Coral gables, Florida


















Mangoes are usually harvested from spring through summer in Japan. 




But they learn how to produce mangoes for Christmas when they can get the premium price.




 Look at this 2 mangoes for $US 108.00 ($54.00 each)










Okinawa growers mainly belives in the variety 'Irwin', like the rest of the people in Japan. 





The rootstocks used are a polyembrionic type from Taiwan. 



Some of traditional growers do not induce blooming, as it occurs naturally during the cool winter season. 


Trees are heavily mulched and intensely managed by pruning. 



Traditional growers leave two principal branches horizontally to support the canopy for the rest of their life. 



This will provide light in the most efficient way according with him. 




We had a long discussion about mango management.


 The harvest season is in June and the average wholesale price of mangoes at the Okinawa central wholesale market is 100 yen/kg. 




I really enjoyed this visit to see for myself how the Japanese have been domesticated Florida mangoes according with their tradition and culture.









Images courtesy of Ken Love and Noris Ledesma Facebook Pages











Going south from Soporo to Miyasaki:
Mr. Kazunori Yokoyama is showing us his farm to share his secrets how he can produce more than 10% the top quality mangos in Japan "the egg of the sun".





He works with his family, no workers.






























My visit of Japan is over. 



This has been a lesson of hight quality standards of producing mangoes. 




Clean agriculture, dedication, discipline, and love for agriculture.






Thank you all my friends in Japan for the opportunity to experience what have been done with our Floridian mangoes!