Grain growers make TV debut

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CBH Grower Study Tour participants on Japanese television.
Camera IconCBH Grower Study Tour participants on Japanese television. Credit: KSB Media

WA grain growers have made an unglamorous but exciting debut on Japanese television while visiting a flour mill in the country’s south.

The group appeared on Setonaikai Hoso, also known as KSB, television station — a local news station broadcasting in Kagawa and Okayama. KSB is a member station of the All-Nippon News Network, a commercial TV network with more than 30 stations spread across Japan.

Decked out in hairnets with sweaty foreheads, the group was recorded by four Japanese journalists as they toured Yoshihara Flour Mill in Sakaide, on Shikoku Island.

They were also filmed asking questions of Yoshihara Flour Mill president Ryoichi Yoshihara in a question and answer session.

The company mills 17,000 tonnes of wheat a year, of which about 13,000 of noodle wheat comes from Australia.

CBH Grower Study Tour participants appeared on Japanese television.
Camera IconCBH Grower Study Tour participants appeared on Japanese television. Credit: Cally Dupe
Yuna farmer Jasmyn Allen appeared on Japanese television.
Camera IconYuna farmer Jasmyn Allen appeared on Japanese television. Credit: Cally Dupe

Yuna farmer Jasmyn Allen was shown asking a question during the two-minute segment, which aired on September 11.

South Australian farmer Shane Weckert was also interviewed.

“That is the best part of the trip, to see how passionate the Japanese are about Australian grain, and the quality you want to buy,” he told the media.

To view the story online, visit ksb.co.jp/sp/newsweb/detail/14761.

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