The Bowen Gumlu Knowledge Sharing Project is a collaboration between Bowen Gumlu Growers Association, Whitsunday Regional Council and the Japan Agriculture Exchange Council to bring young Japanese farmers to the Whitsundays to expand their knowledge and build lasting relations with the agricultural industry.
The program aims to provide the Japanese trainees the opportunity to work alongside local farmers and learn Australian horticultural practices, while also sharing Japanese based knowledge. The trainees also undergo intensive English training with continued on-farm practice. The program is completed over twelve months and upon their return to Japan, the trainees are expected to contribute towards international cooperative projects and eventually become core farmers and leaders in their own communities.
While engaging with the local farming industry to learn and grow is the key objective, the trainees also have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Whitsunday region and many activities on offer. From snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and sailing through the Whitsunday Islands, to exploring the Outback, meeting Australian wildlife and relaxing on beautiful beaches, there is a multitude of activities to enjoy on their days off.
If you would like to find out more about the program please visit the Japanese Agriculture Exchange Council Website.
Our 2019 Trainees with Farmers and Officials
Back row: Seiya (Yoshi) Yoshida, Kakeru (Sho) Matsui, Sanzo (San) Umeya, Kenta Noda
Front row: Asuka (Aska) Yamashita, Sawako (Sawa) Komine, Akari (Kari) Kono, Yuki Tetsuka, Chikako (Chika) Moriya
To follow the trainees’ journeys please visit the Instagram page here.