I’m Takao Uezono, president of Kyoyu Agri Co., Ltd., and I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support of our business.
Kyoyu Agri’s story begins with the founding of Yashima Chemical Industries Ltd. in 1938. The next significant development in our history occurred in 1955, when the company began operating as an agrichemical manufacturing partner of the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (Zen-Noh) by selling its products through that organization’s network (this is so called “Keito” business). More recently, the company took on its current form in 2004 when Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and Zen-Noh increased their respective stakes, absorbed the agrichemical business of Sumika-Takeda Agrichemicals Co., Ltd., and changed the company’s name to Kyoyu Agri Co., Ltd.
We have worked to popularize our products by practicing the customer-centric approach that is espoused by our corporate slogan of “Always for Growers,” a philosophy that enables us to assess farmers’ needs in the field and recommend appropriate products so that we can live up to their expectations. As a manufacturer of agrichemicals, we remain committed to providing safe, high-quality products to farmers along with higher-quality technological service. At the same time, we look forward to contributing to Japanese agriculture through our work as a characteristic manufacturer of agrichemicals to develop and popularize products for use in integrated pest management (IPM) in response to consumers’ high level of interest in food safety.
Pyraclonil, an herbicide component we developed for use in rice paddies and registered in 2007, has gained a broad user base throughout Japan thanks to its high level of effectiveness against SU-resistant weeds, which had been becoming a significant problem at farms nationwide. As a result, BATCHIRI a single-use herbicide we market for use in rice paddies, was applied to more acreage in Japan than any other product in 2011 for the fourth year in a row. Our greatest joy is to help farmers tackle the challenges they face.
With Japan’s population of farmers continuing to age, we are seeing rapid change in the industry, for example in the expanding size of farms and the adoption of corporate structures. As this transformation brings new pressure to lower production costs and save on labor, Kyoyu Agri will marshal all of its resources to address the challenges posed by these and other changes while continuing to work closely with farmers and producers. As we do so, I look forward to your continued support.
President, Kyoyu Agri Co., Ltd.