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Japan Diaries:  Value Addition in Agri-Produce: Lessons to learn from Japan

Japan Diaries: Value Addition in Agri-Produce: Lessons to learn from Japan


Japan, the land of the rising sun, offers many amazing attractions to the incoming tourists making a trip to Japan a memorable experience for anyone visiting. Be it the lovely sight of Fushimi-Inari Shrine, experience of riding superfast Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train), picnic amidst falling Cherry blossoms or experiencing hyper busy Shibuya Crossings, Japan really has got something for everyone. In recent years as part of my work in Asian Confluence working on issues of economic regeneration of North Eastern region of India, value addition of agricultural produce from the region for better gains for the farmers has been on my mind. Though I have been to Japan many times, on recent visit at the invitation of the government of Japan, I was reminded of the many best practices in value addition of agricultural products in Japan that can be an inspiration for the evolution of the agriculture-sector in India. In this article, the differences will be closely examined along with addressing the idea of “value addition” and finally, lessons that India can take from this will be discussed.