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Name of Company Kanda Seed Co., Ltd.
Affiliations Japan Seed Trade Association (JASTA)
Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA)
International Seed Federation (ISF)
Address 262 Shinga-cho, Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan,
634-0006
Tel:+81-744-22-2603  Fax:+81-744-22-9073
Email:info@kandaseed.co.jp
Representative Minoru Kanda, Mr. (President)
Member of the Board of the Japan Seed Trade Association
Adviser of the Japan Seed Trade Association, Nara Branch
Year of Founding 1951
Year of Legal Incorporation 1964
Capital 20,000,000 yen
Business Activities Breeding of seeds for cucurbit vegetables (watermelon, melon, squash, cucumber, rootstocks for grafting and others), production, wholesale as well as online marketing, import and transport of such seeds

Company History

Background

1927:
Mr. Takeshi Kanda (first generation), who was born in Hiroshima Prefecture and graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at Tottori University, accepted a post at the Agricultural Research Station in Nara Prefecture. Under the supervision of Yoshinori Takezaki, Ph.D., Mr. Kanda worked on the breed improvement of watermelons. He made noteworthy contributions to the development of various new types of watermelons that became the first F1 hybrids in Japan (e.g. “Shin Yamato,” “Ki Yamato,” “Asahi Yamato” and “Yamato Cream”) as well as to the establishment of technical guidance for the cultivation and popularization of breeds, and to the advancement of research in botanical genetics.
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“We must learn from his excellent abilities in planning, projection, execution and prompt handling of test results (in the breeding improvement of watermelons). It is particularly remarkable that he completed the selection of pure strains in only four years and published these results to the world while simultaneously initiating and achieving concrete results in breeding within the course of a few years (accomplishments that normally require much more time). As a result, Mr. Kanda developed an effective seed production plan and quickly put it into practical use, thereby providing great benefits to watermelon farmers of the time. I must also add that the practical applications of his work with F1 hybrids were highly valued in other spheres of horticulture and breeding.”
Source: “History of the Development of Agricultural Techniques in Nara Prefecture,”by Mr. Tokio Hisatomi, in the commemorative book published for the 100th anniversary of the Agricultural Research Station (1995), p. 34

Mr. Hirashi Fujii, a well published former engineer at the Research Institute of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries in Osaka Prefecture, described Takeshi Kanda in his 1980 work Saibaigaku Hihan Josetsu (A Critical Introduction to Agronomics), published by Rural Culture Association Japan, with the following words: “He was treated like a walking god of watermelon farmers and was even called ‘The Watermelon Kanda’ ” (p.172).

Issue:1949
1947:
After being discharged from military service in New Britain, Indonesia in 1946, Takeshi Kanda worked for the Nagaoka Research Farm of Takii & Co., Ltd. While continuing his breeding research, he taught at a specialized vocational school for horticulture that was affiliated with the Takii Research Farm. He became a close associate of Woo Jang Chun, the former head of the Research Farm who had achieved world-class success in the breeding of brassica family plants. In 1949, Mr. Kanda released the book Suika no Saibai Gijutsu (Watermelon Cultivation Techniques), published by Ikushu-to-nougeisha.
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Birth of the Kanda Seed Company

1951:
After retiring from Takii & Co., Ltd.., Takeshi Kanda opened the Kanda Seed Store in Minamiyagi-cho, Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture, as a retail and wholesale outlet for seeds, seedlings, etc.. He also owned a research farm and engaged in the breeding and cultivation of various vegetables, including watermelons, cucumbers, and melons.
1964:
The legal incorporation of Kanda Seed Co., Ltd.
1971:
Mr. Takeshi Kanda (second generation) became President of the company.
During his years in office, he served two terms as Chairman of the Technical Research Department of the Japan Seed Trade Association. After that, he served as Head of the Nara Branch of the same association.
1975:
Opening of the retail store “Kanda Seed Center” in Shinga-cho, Kashihara City
1977:
Establishment of a central research farm in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture
1981年:
The building of new company premises was completed in Shinga-cho, Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture.
1985:
Founder and Chairman Takeshi Kanda passed away.
1995:
Takeshi Kanda (second generation) passed away.
Minoru Kanda assumed the post of CEO.
2011-2015:
Minoru Kanda served as Head of the Nara Branch of the Japan Seed Trade Association.
2013:
A new warehouse was completed.

Since the foundation of our company, the breeds that we have developed have garnered numerous awards, including the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award of the “All Japan Vegetable Breed Screening Committee”.

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