Japan: Sweet pepper grower Richfield Miho wins GlobalGAP award

Japanese bell pepper grower Richfield Miho won the annual GlobalGap photo contest. Therefore GlobalGAP welcomed Nilantha Dissanayake of Tomita Technologies Ltd and cultivation advisor and GAP Internal Auditor at Richfield, at the GlobalGAP SUMMIT 2016 in Amsterdam. Together with 400 delegates from around the world, Dissanyake joined discussions on the latest developments in food safety and sustainability as well as Good Agriculture and Aquaculture Practices and the future of the industry.

“We at GlobalGAP really loved all of the beautiful photos that were sent in”, said Kristian Moeller, CEO of GlobalGAP. “They show us a global and multi-coloured picture of all those farmers, workers and others involved around the world. People working on farms are the driving force behind our daily efforts to bring safe food to the people. And they are the faces behind the GGN, and bring the numbers to life. All GGNs and photos will now be marked on our ‘GlobalGAP Around the World' world map and shown here at the SUMMIT in Amsterdam.”

Facing the challenges of modern agribusiness as well as the needs of highly demanding Japanese consumers, Richfield Miho started its business in 2013. It is one of the largest bell pepper greenhouses in Japan and is located in Tsuchiura, Miho Village, Ibaraki (90 km northeast of Tokyo).

In the impressive 2 ha glasshouse facilities, Richfield Miho farm cultivates high quality sweet peppers (red, yellow, orange). Compared to the mostly small-scale producers in Japan, this is a production site of enormous size. It operates with modern technology and advanced equipment of the highest standard from the Netherlands. This well elaborated concept of modern and successful glasshouse production delivers 450 t/year and ensures the best results in pepper production that Japan currently has to offer. The products are sold mainly to Japanese customers in the food service sector, such as supermarket chains and hotels.

Richfield Miho was honored for the best annual production of sweet pepper in Japan. It obtained the GlobalGAP certification to ensure a high level of food safety.

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