Institute of Vegetable and Floriculture Science, NARO



FY2018 statistics by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries illustrates the importance of vegetable and ornamental plants production in the Japanese agricultural market while total agricultural output being 9.5 trillion yen, vegetable production occupied second largest share of 2.3 trillion yen after the livestock production and ornamental plant production counting for 332.7 billion yen. Moreover, the fact that approximately 60% of the new self-employed farmers have chosen vegetables and ornamental plants as their main product reflects market's high expectation for its potential to grow and prosper. The Institute of Vegetable and Floricultural Science, NARO (NIVFS) strive hard to contribute to the future of agriculture by promoting research activities to realize stable and highly profitable production, distribution system integrating Information and Communication Technology(ICT), breeding cultivars with new traits such as processing suitability, pest resistance, and color variation, and developing environment-friendly pest control technology as well as the new quality evaluation technology for vegetables and ornamental plants.