Two sake brewers in Saga Prefecture will launch an agricultural company this month to grow rice for their sake (rice wine) making. The city of Kashima in Saga is one of the major producers of Yamada Nishiki, a rice used to produce high-quality sake. However, the average age of rice farmers in the area of Mikawachi-Hirodaira exceeds seventy. Two brewers, Fukuchiyo Shuzo and Yano Shuzo decided to continue the traditional rice farming on their own with a new company, Kura Aguri Lab. A Kyoto-born man will advise the company on how to prepare the land to grow rice for sake brewing. Production of rice by sake brewers is rare in the prefecture. Source: Saga Shimbun, 3/15/2019
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