Gifu Nice Rice Project 2016:Gifu Nice Rice is presented to FC Gifu members
On December 5, 2016, the members of Gifu Football Club (FC Gifu) were presented 50kg of "Gifu Nice Rice" which was jointly cultivated and harvested by the FC Gifu members, school children, their parents, Gifu University students and the staff, etc. under the "Gifu University and FC Gifu Partner Agreement for Environmental Conservation."
In the Gifu Nice Rice Project, Gifu University staff and FC Gifu members work together in rice production from planting through sale so that they become more aware of ideal environment for rice cultivation and conservation issues.
In May this year, elementary school children planted "Hatsushimo" rice variety at the Yanagido Farm of Gifu Field Science Center, the Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences of Gifu University as part of the first Gifu Nice Rice Project titled, "Parent-Children Rice Planting & Soccer Game in Muddy Field." At the second project titled, "Rice Harvesting and Drying on a Rack" held in October, Mr. Suzuki Castanheira Bruno Junichi and Mr. Tsubasa Aoki from FC Gifu joined rice harvesting with the Gifu University students. "Hatsushimo" is one of the famed rice varieties of Gifu Prefecture, and the "Gifu Nice Rice" of Hatsushimo variety is an original brand produced exclusively at Gifu University from rice seedlings through packaging.
On December 5, four students from the Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences and the administrative staff of Gifu University visited the FC Gifu soccer stadium. After explanation of "Hatsushimo" special features by Mr. Shinichi Furukawa with the Gifu Field Science Center to Mr. Aoki, the students presented the rice to him with a word of encouragement for a victory in the soccer tournament next year.
Mr. Aoki said, "I took part in rice harvesting this fall and realized how difficult it is to produce rice. Rice is a source of power for us and we all look forward to tasting the Gifu Nice Rice. In the next tournament, you will see one of our best performances under a new coach." The students replied with a big smile, "Hatsushimo is one of the traditional rice varieties of Gifu Prefecture. We were very pleased with your participation in rice harvesting this fall and we hope that you enjoy the Gifu Nice Rice recalling the day of harvesting."
Later, the students presented the Gifu Nice Rice to each FC member in the stadium, and Mr. Hiroyuki Miyata, President of FC Gifu who came to the stadium to see the members training.
"Gifu Nice Rice Project" started last year and in the "Gifu Nice Rice Project 2016," many people had wonderful time taking part in various activities outdoor and in the fields. They were given an invaluable opportunity to think about the environmental issues through "rice" and other activities in collaboration between Gifu University and FC Gifu.
Gifu University continues to promote environment conservation programs/projects in conjunction with FC Gifu.
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