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Our Challenges

Renewable Power
Generation Business

to contribute to eco-friendly
energy supply

We seek to expand our renewable power generation business to deliver safe and reliable energy that is environmentally sustainable.
Currently, we operate multiple solar power plants in several locations in Japan, and our woody biomass power plant is expected to be fully operational in the near future.

Solar Power Generation

As a new initiative, we launched a solar power generation business in November 2012 to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions and ensuring our future energy supply.
We have built remote monitoring systems into all solar power plants, enabling to minimize power generation loss caused by equipment failure and aging of solar cells that occur normally in solar power plants.

* This information is accurate as of March 2018.

Annual Sales Revenue of Solar Power Plants
(in 100 Million Yen)

* The drop in sales in 2017 was due to the divestment and
closure of some solar power plants.

Woody Biomass Power Generation

We are currently constructing a woody biomass power generation facility in Shiranuka town in Hokkaido. This facility generates electric power using waste wood and logs from forest thinning, which are currently retained in many plantation forests in the eastern Hokkaido area.
In March 2017, we held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of this new woody biomass power plant that is expected to be fully operational around June 2018.

Converting Desert into
Fertile Farmland

Kobe Bussan Group is making a long term investment in an African dryland country to convert desert areas into fertile farmland.
In 2013, we installed center pivot irrigation systems on farmland in Qena province in southern Egypt. The very next year in 2014, we successfully harvested wheat grains from the arid land that was once a vast barren desert.
To ensure a more stable harvest environment, we continue to amend our desert soil to be able to grow a variety of crops and experiment with different types of crops.

Our Challenges in Egypt

We purchased a tract of land covering approximately 2,900 hectares in the area of El-Marashda desert that lies in Qena province in southern Egypt across the banks of the Nile river.
This area was a complete desert until we built access roads, power distribution network and irrigating pipeline in a square grid pattern to install 14 center pivot irrigation systems.
Following the completion of the field test, we started running the center pivot irrigation systems in 2013, taking advantage of abundant water resources lying underground from the Nile river.

* As of October 2017

Why in Egypt?

Although Egypt is the first country in history agricultural practices took place some 7,000 years ago, today it is dominated by desert landscape. In the harsh Egyptian desert conditions, weeds do not grow much, allowing farmers to use less pesticides and weed killer.
Since Egypt is entirely desert, agriculture has not been practiced for thousands of years. Such desert land remains in a natural state without being contaminated by pesticide residue.

Qena is situated on the great bend of the Nile river in southern Egypt, and has been claimed as a potential area with abundant groundwater resources. This led us to start working on the agricultural development in the Qena bend area.

Blessing of the Nile

The Nile water not only flows past shallow banks, but also runs deep into the river bed, where water accumulates and forms a natural storage reservoir just like a huge water tank. The water that has accumulated in pockets of the river bed normally indicates that abundant groundwater is present in an aquifer, which enables us to ensure that adequate volumes of pristine groundwater can be collected from the Nile.
The water flowing from the river bed of the Nile is not just a natural groundwater, but is a precious blessing from the Nile.
We will seek to make the best use of the Nile water by leveraging our experience and technical expertise in agricultural production.

What is Center Pivot Irrigation?

Center pivot irrigation is a way to irrigate crops in arid regions by use of sprinkler pipes that collect groundwater and spray it on crops by rotating around a center point.

* Number of systems currently in use:
14irrigation systems
* Diameter of an irrigation circle: 800meters
* Land area covered by a single center pivot system: Approx.50hectares(equivalent to10Tokyo Domes)

The Innovation Turning Desert Land into Farmland

The center pivot irrigation system pumps groundwater at a constant pressure and transports it to a self-propelled sprinkler pipeline.
As the irrigation system makes its way around the pivot point, the end point of pipeline travels faster than the point closer to the center. To distribute water evenly, more water is sprayed at the ends of a pivot system than from the other.
This irrigation method enables us to grow and harvest a large amount of field crops in the vast dry area.
Currently, Kobe Bussan Group operates a total of 14 center pivot irrigation systems in Egypt.

The center pivot irrigation system pumps groundwater at a constant pressure and transports it to a self-propelled sprinkler pipeline.
As the irrigation system makes its way around the pivot point, the end point of pipeline travels faster than the point closer to the center. To distribute water evenly, more water is sprayed at the ends of a pivot system than from the other.
This irrigation method enables us to grow and harvest a large amount of field crops in the vast dry area.
Currently, Kobe Bussan Group operates a total of 14 center pivot irrigation systems in Egypt.

Wheat Harvesting & Our Future Vision

Wheat Harvesting & Our Future Vision

In the spring of 2014, we successfully harvested beautiful crops of golden-brown wheat from the arid land that was once a vast barren desert.
Other than wheat grains, we have started field tests of numerous crops, including tomatoes, alfalfa, chamomile, lemongrass and basil on our center-pivot irrigated ground.

Through the agricultural projects in Egypt, we are actively advancing activities that can contribute to the world's food supply. We are delighted to have donated a large quantity of our farm-harvested wheat to food-insecurity areas and provided specialized training to an agricultural technical school in Egypt.

Sustainable Tourism
in Harmony with Nature:
Heating Orchard with
Energy from the Earth

Kobe Bussan Group is actively developing an eco-tourism business involving geothermally-heated orchard farms, which will ensure better use of the stunning natural and cultural resources of Japan.
We will make our best efforts to build an eco-tourism facility where all the people living in Japan and overseas can come and enjoy with their families and friends, which hopefully will offer an opportunity to revitalize regional communities.

One of the Japan's largest tourist farm & orchard

In a geothermal field located in Mori-machi, Kayabe-gun in Hokkaido, Kobe Bussan Group is currently planning to build a large-scale geothermally heated greenhouse and operate it as a tourist farm and orchard.

This facility has total area of approximately 40 hectors. In this vast land, we grow various fruits such as sweet cherries and grapes in an outdoor environment as well as tropical fruits such as mango and papaya in a greenhouse.

Our plan for building a tourist facility will ensure that future tourists and visitors can enjoy freshly-picked fruits in the scenic landscape overlooking the great nature of Hokkaido.

Expanding Tertiary Sector through
Business Partnership

In 2013, Kobe Bussan Group formed a business partnership with G.communication Group. We provide their over 700 dining stores with our food products, such as those imported from overseas and those produced from our group companies' plants in Japan.
Through this business partnership, we strive to further strengthen food industrial and tertiary sector activities.

Business Partnership with G.communication Group

We offer a wide range of food products to G.communication Group's dining stores in line with the concept for their diverse range of restaurant business.
With our unique operational strategy and large supply chain network, we are actively involved in building a stable food-distribution system without any inefficiencies, which will lead to further cost reduction.

Restaurant brands owned by G.communication Group