Japanese University Students Undergo Practical Training in Agriculture at OISCA Projects Sites Abroad
This autumn, two groups of Japanese university students interested in international cooperation carried out field training in agriculture in the Philippines and Fiji. From September 15 to 22, 5 students from the Faculty of International Agriculture and Food Studies, Tokyo University of Agriculture, went to the Philippines for practical training at OISCA Abra Agro-Forestry Training Center located in Northern Luzon. They experienced grafting of tropical fruit trees, taking care of farm animals such as hogs, cows, goats and chicken, fertilizer application in rice paddies and vegetable seeding. They also had exchange activities with children at the local schools participating in the OISCA Children’s Forest Program (CFP).
During the same period, 18 students led by Professor Shunshi Matsuzono from the Faculty of Regional Development Studies, Toyo University, experienced planting of mangrove trees and agriculture in Fiji. Professor Matsumoto has been continually organizing field training for students in Fiji for more than 10 years.
This sort of practical field experiences serve the Japanese youth in promoting their international understanding and also contribute to the development of human resources playing an active role in various fields. Meanwhile, the local staff and residents on their part get a great stimulation through associating with the visiting young Japanese students.