Helping to industrialize the agribusiness by utilizing experiences in agriculture as a management resource
A business will surely succeed if it can properly provide what consumers want. However, it is hard for a person in agribusiness to carry out everything involved throughout the entire process. For this very reason, I believe it is crucial to have a system that allows agribusiness-persons to effectively access and utilize the business structure and know-how developed by other industries. Since the Nomura Group has a number of networks and wide knowledge in everything that is business, I hope it will serve as a bridge between agribusiness-persons and a wide range of industries.
I am particularly looking forward to the results of projects such as the one undertaken by Nomura Farm involving collaboration in tomato cultivation. Hands-on experience in agriculture enables know-how to be accumulated for the latest cultivation technologies and negotiation with agricultural landowners or leaseholders. I hope this will become a management resource of Nomura Agri Planning & Advisory and by extension, the Nomura Group. Meanwhile, if we could link the management resources of the Nomura Group with that of farmers, we can establish agriculture as a new business and find business persons that we can work together with. It is interesting to note that such opportunities for business matching come naturally through direct involvement in the agricultural industry through the dissemination of information. I have tremendous expectations of Nomura Agri Planning & Advisory in speeding up the commercialization of the agribusiness. Since the business started just two years ago, it’s still too early to say what I want to see from it. Nevertheless, I believe the business will find what’s important through firsthand experience in agriculture. I hope the business will come to appreciate the essential elements and overcome barriers in progressing on to the next phase.