New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Three young Hokkaido dairy farmers to study in New Zealand with scholarship

The Government of New Zealand has a strong interest in deepening agricultural cooperation between New Zealand and Japan, particularly in the dairy sector in Hokkaido.

As part of an agricultural diplomacy initiative, the Government of New Zealand earlier this year has established the Dr Kawase Scholarship to send a few selected young dairy farmers from Hokkaido to undertake an intensive two-month dairy technician course at the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in Masterton.

The New Zealand Embassy Tokyo has selected three outstanding candidates, two from the Hamanaka-cho and one from Ashoro-cho, who will commence studies at the training centre in mid-July. We hope they will take back world-leading pasture-based dairying techniques to Hokkaido, adapt them to local circumstances, and spread their newly-acquired expertise throughout the region.

This programme builds on long-standing technical exchanges between Hokkaido and New Zealand around pasture-based dairy production. The scholarship is named after Dr Isamu Kawase, the first Japanese graduate from university in New Zealand in 1933 and a pioneer of grassland dairy farming in Japan.

For the details of the scholarship, please refer to the announcement the Embassy posted in March.

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