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Agriculture TRUE FRUITS


True Fruits Company Limited uses PAL-1 to measure the Brix %of Coconut water from 5-8%. They use that number to report to customers. PAL-1 shows the measurement value digitally, freeing fruits dealers from subjective taste testing. With clear evidence of an actual number, producers can proudly sell their fruits. Portable, accurate PAL-1 works well for the quality control of fruit.

Agriculture Kings River Produce


Kings River Produce, a "family owned, family grown company", produces organic and leafy green vegetables, melons, pomegranates, and dry beans.
They are using PAL-SDGs to check the Brix% of melons around 6-18% for harvesting.
PAL-SDGs is functionally new, but made by parts that did not pass the appearance test due to small aesthetic damages that have no effect on performance. This model aims for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Agriculture Auburn University


Auburn University Agriculture Extension is using the PAL-BX|ACID3 to measure the Brix and Acidity of juice from tomatoes.
The program runs research and courses for the evaluation and improvement of vegetable crops.
The digital PAL-BX|ACID enables the Brix and Acidity to be measured easily in just one device.

Agriculture Louisiana State University


Louisiana State University has dynamic research from science to the arts and humanities.

After learning about it from published work, they purchased the PAL-Easy ACID F5 to measure the acidity of strawberry, tomato, and blueberry juice.The PAL-Easy ACID series is used to measure the acidity for the balance of sweetness and tartness of a fruit.

Agriculture Nakade Farm


Nakade Farm has been cultivating Senshu Mizunasu (an eggplant variety) for more than 60 years in the Sawa area of Kaizuka City, which is said to be the birthplace of Mizunasu. Mizunasu, winner of various national agricultural awards, is highly regarded as a gem that makes the purchaser smile.

Standing Out From Other Companies

PAL-1 is used to measure the raw eggplant and pickled eggplant. Mizunasu eggplant, a much sweeter variety than other eggplants, is sweet enough to be described as a fruit. I thought it was necessary to start measuring to stand out from other companies.

Accuracy Is The Decisive Factor

After seeing it used by an acquaintance tomato farmer, it looked so accurate, so I had to buy it. After actually trying it, I saw how easy it was to measure, maintain, and get results instantly.

Mr. Nakade says that it is our job as professional in Mizunasu eggplant and pickles to get customers to say This is delicious!
As a way to bring a smile to the face, we appreciate your continued use of the PAL-1!

■Click here for Nakade Farm's shop

Agriculture Hiraishi Farm


Hiraishi Farm is a farm run by the agricultural practice group "Nora Mai Natsu Sunflower Club". Every year, 150,000 sunflowers bloom all over.
From the end of April to the beginning of May, it is also popular to use rape blossoms as sunflower fertilizer.

ATAGO's DOM-24 Oil Monitor is used for quality control of "sunflower oil" that is obtained from pressing sunflower seeds.
The DOM-24 Oil Monitor is used to check the deterioration of room temperature oil and help set an appropriate oil expiration date.
Oil monitors from other brands were considered, but the DOM-24 was chosen due to "being able to measure oil over 40℃" and "products made in Japan are more reliable".

Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E and seems to have effects such as improving blood circulation. Being able to enjoy pretty flowers while also harvesting healthy sunflower oil kills two birds with one stone!

【Click here for flowering and opening information (Anan City HP)】

Agriculture Tokiwa Mango Farm


Tokiwa Mango Farm is located on Ishigaki Island, 410 km southwest of the main Okinawa island, and is run by owner Shun Yoshihama and his wife. Mr. Yoshihama, originally a plant lover, Mr. Yoshihama grew mangoes as a hobby for 10 years before deciding to become an official mango farmer after retirement. From there, he has been working a mango grower for more than 10 years, with the goal of growing the best mangoes in Japan.
Ishigaki Island is 2~3 degrees warmer than the main island of Okinawa, with an average annual temperature of 23° C, and is warm even in the middle of winter at about 18° C. Surrounded by the sea, it is a small island with a year round breeze filled with minerals, creating a favorable environment to grow delicious mangoes.

Commitment To Mangoes

Tokiwa Mango Farm is quite particular about mango ripeness.
Mangoes fall naturally from the tree when they are ripe. The sweetness and richness come out by letting it ripen on the tree until the very last moment. Considering the shelf life, it is better to harvest the mangoes before they fall from the tree, but the taste will be lower than if it were to stay ripening on the tree. At Tokiwa Mango Farm, we are particular about not harvesting until right before it`s about to naturally.

We Want To Deliver Stable Sweetness To Our Customers

Tokiwa Mango Farm sells only be the internet, so fruits are we sorted, boxed, and shipped from the farm.
So far, I`ve eaten tremendous amount of mangoes during harvest. If you look at a mango and think like "The coloring is a little different, let's taste it"… "The shape is a little different, let's taste it" … or even "The touch feels different, let's taste it." …then you become so full that there is no need for dinner! However, thanks to all of that, I can now understand the deliciousness of mango just by my eyes, nose and hands. Still, I think it is only to some extent.
If by using the PAL-HIKARI15 (mango) to measure objective numerical values, we will be able to deliver to our customers a mango with a firm and stable sweetness. I have high expectations for the PAL-HIKARI15 (mango). Also, I'm pretty sure there will be no more of me saying "I'm too full from mango ..."

■Click here for Tokiwamango Farm's online shop

Agriculture Kita Tsukuba Agricultural Cooperative


Kita Tsukuba Agricultural Cooperative is using PAL-HIKARi 12 (Asian Pear).

Agriculture OGAWA FARM


Agriculture Bossa Farm


Bossa Farm is using PAL-HIKARi2 (grape).

Agriculture Momotaro Ozaki Farm


Momotaro Ozaki Farm is using PAL-HIKARi10 (peach).

Agriculture Santa Farm Co., Ltd.


Santa Farm Co., Ltd. is using PAL-HIKARi4 (strawberry).

Agriculture George Farm & Hiroka Jam


George Farm in Naganuma, Hokkaido cultivates not only berry cultivars such as honeyberry (haskap), blueberries, strawberries, and kalina, but some vegetables like broccoli, kabocha (squash), and sweet corn too.
As well as the blessings of the northern land such as Haskap, blueberries, and strawberries harvested at her husband George's farm, Hiroka makes jam using seasonal fruits such as citrus fruits, figs, and grapes sent directly from farmers all over Japan.

In the past for the quality control of jam, a pH meter common for processing plants was used. Higher accuracy and ATAGO`s high reputation for refractometers convinced them to purchase the PAL-pH.
Because they are using and ATAGO refractometer now, they can easily use the PAL-pH because it`s the same operation method. Plus, it is waterproof and the electrode is flat, so it`s really easy to clean!

Agriculture Nagusa Kobo Co., Ltd. (Lion Heart Co., Ltd.)


Nagusa Kobo Co., Ltd. grows and sells leafy vegetables by hydroponics.
The farm work is carried out by those in the program of the work support agency Lion Hart Co.

Vegetables without lye

Here, we grow leafy vegetables such as Japanese mustard spinach, leaf lettuce, garland chrysanthemum and mizuna. Since these vegetables are grown hydroponically, they have no lye and are delicious even when eaten raw.

For pH control of nutrient solution

ATAGO`s PAL-pH is being used for the quality control of nutrient solution, a very important part of hydroponics.

In the past a dip style pH meter was used, but it had to be replaced every time the internal liquid ran out. In consideration of the running cost, it was replaced with the PAL-pH because of its long lasting liquid.

These vegetables can be purchased at the Maruyoshi Center in Kagawa Prefecture and at the direct production corner of Corp Kagawa.

Atago supports the production of the delicious vegetables by Nagusa Kobo Co., Ltd.

Agriculture Shinshu Suzaka Ota Farm Co., Ltd.


Shinshu Suzaka Ota Farm Co., Ltd. uses our IR Brix and Brix/Acid Meter set for grapes.

Agriculture Ichinomiya Ota Orchard Co., Ltd.


Ichinomiya Ota Orchard is using PAL-HIKARi10 (peach).

Agriculture Sakano Farm


Mr. Akira Sakano of Sakano Farm is using PAL-HIKARi4 (strawberry).

Agriculture Natural farm en


Mr. Kenji Shinagawa of Natural Farm en is using our IR Brix and Brix/Acid Meter set for grapes.

Agriculture Kuroki Hebesu Farm


Teruhisa Kuroki of Kuroki Hebesu Farm moved from Chiba to Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture in April 2020 to produce Hebesu and Hyuganatsu.

Kuroki Hebesu Farm's Seedless Hyuganatsu has been selected as a gift for hometown tax payment in Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture. In Hyuganatsu, there is a white endothelium under the yellow skin, and the balance between sweetness and acidity of the fruit is exquisite.
Hebesu is a citrus fruit that originated in Hyuga City, Miyazaki Prefecture, and has a slight sweetness and a refreshing acidity.

Mr. Kuroki

Mr. Kuroki



How to know ATAGO?

He got to know ATAGO since it was being used at the fruits processing plant in Miyazaki Prefecture. I hadn't used a measuring instrument before, but I learned about PAL™-BX|ACID1 during training in Miyazaki prefecture and bought it because I thought it was easy.

It is used to compare the balance of Brix/Acid ratio depending on different places of each field.

■Kuroki Hebesu Farm Instagram

Agriculture Green Thumb Greenhouse


Ms Sonoe Mori is a strawberry farmer who grows strawberries in Date City, Hokkaido.
She moved to date city for her husband's transfer. She was interested in agriculture so joined the city farming support system to learn the technique of growing strawberries.

After the training, she became independentin 2018.

Ms Sonoe Mori

For quality management of strawberry

She knew ATAGO Brix meter during the training for new farmers in Date City. This time, she saw the advertisement of PAL-HIKARi 4 and bought it immediately.

She was suffering from poor coloring of her strawberry this year(2020), So she was observing her strawberry to see if they are growing healthly.

She is evaluatng ATAGO PAL-HIKARi4 as very useful device during branding her "salad strawberries" .because it enables to check the sweetness without damaging strawberry.She is also complimenting another device, PAL-BX/ACID 4 for checking balance of sweetness and acidity.

■Green Thumb Greenhouse Instagram

ATAGO always supports her strawberries that are beautiful, sweet and make people smile.

Agriculture Tekawa Farm


Tekawa Farm grows peaches and plums in Fuefuki City, Yamanashi Prefecture, which is rich in nature and has clean water and air. The main varieties are "Kawanakajima Hakuto" and "Sakura" for peaches, and "Ripe Sun" for plums. With an emphasis on quality control, such as the acquisition of the agricultural production process management "Yamanashi GAP", we are working hard every day to sell safe, secure and delicious peaches and plums.

Whoelhearted Nurturing

Whoelhearted Nurturing

For checking before shipping

For checking before shipping

Low cost compared to others

I've always wanted a non-destructive Brix meter, but I gave up because it's expensive. I learned about Atago's IR Brix Meteer for peaches (PAL-HIKARi10), and the price was within an affordable range, so I decided to buy it. Unlike others, it is a small size and can measure peaches while they are still on the tree, which is very convineient. I'm glad I bought it.

For growth and shipping management

We measure the sugar content of peaches before harvesting in the field and use it as an important guideline for the harvest time. We also measure for confirmation before shipping to the customer. These are peaches that a raised with all our heart and we want all our customers to be happy. In addition to sincerity, we ship with confidence because we measure the Brix, an objective indicator.

Agriculture Naoi Pear Garden


Naoi Pear Garden in Tochigi Prefecture is a very traditional pear garden that has been around for over 100 years for three generations. Naoi Pear Garden participates in the Utsunomiya Pear Agricultural Cooperative and is also making an effort to manage the cooperative. The union has a particularly high awareness of quality control and is actively incorporating new technologies.

Introduction of new technology

For over 40 years, they have used ATAGO products starting from the analog handhelds up to the PAL series. They became interested in the PAL-HIKARi12 for pears after receiving a direct message from ATAGO.

Not having to bring fruit to the sorting plant, no squeezing or cutting, and being able to get the Brix% on the spot just by touching the sensor to the pear was fascinating enough for us to introduce it to our process.

For peace of mind and quality maintenance

Since the PAL-HIKARi12 can measure just by touching the surface, the measured pear can be shipped as it is. We can guarantee the quality to our customers with confidence, and there is a sense of security that we can finally confirm the pears that we have grown.

agriculture Inagaki Farm


Inagaki Farm is an orchard located in the northern part of Wakayama prefecture along the Kinokawa river; favored with good weather and soil that is well-suited for growing peaches. They have been in business since the 1970’s, specializing in growing only peaches, selling and shipping directly to customers. Their peaches are known as safe, trusted, and sincere, Arakawa no Momo® (Arakawa’s peaches). These delicious peaches are picked in the morning and shipped the same day. PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach) is used to check the Brix (sweetness) of their peaches.

Grown and handled with the utmost care

Grown and handled
with the utmost care.

Peach trees laden with fruits

Peach trees laden with fruits


Before switching to PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach), peaches were measured using a Brix meter that required cutting and juicing extracts. The determining factor in choosing the PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach) was the fact that it can measure peaches in the orchard while they were still growing on trees.

Ease of Use

The PAL-HIKARi10 (Peach) made it possible to check ripeness in the orchard field prior to harvest. A Brix (sweetness) measurement is digitally displayed simply by placing a sensor against the peach surface and pressing a start button. This makes it convenient that even seasonal workers can determine harvest time without any limitations to who’s measuring it.

agriculture Hakusuien


Hakusuien is an orchard in the Oada Highlands, the gateway of Yoshino in Nara prefecture. They have been offering pears since 1894 and their Kachidoki pear was offered as a victory memorial for the emperor during the Russo-Japanese War. To measure Brix (sweetness) of their pears, they have been using a Brix meter, but since PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) was released, they now use the non-destructive Brix meter.

The Popular Housui Pear

The Popular Housui Pear

Delicious Pears for their Customers

Delicious Pears for their Customers

A Compact and Portable Meter

They decided to purchase PAL-HIAKRi12 (Asian Pear) because it was portable and allowed them to determine harvest by taking measurements while pears were still growing on the trees. Its low price was also a determining factor.

To Determine Harvest Time with a Number

Prior to purchasing the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear), they were using a Brix meter that required juicing the extracts. When juicing was required, it was almost impossible to measure all of the pears. Consequently, the harvest time was determined by looking at the size, color, aroma and the condition of the skin. With PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear), the harvest time is determined by the Brix and it made farm operations smoother.

agriculture Iwashita Farm


The Iwashita Farm is a fruit farm located in Asakura city, Fukuoka prefecture that produces and sells grapes and persimmons. They have Pione, Shine Muscat, and Queen Nina grapes. The PAL-HIKARi2 is used in their farm to measure the Brix before harvesting.

◆Watch here how they measure Brix using the PAL-HIKARi2

No More Grape Crushing

For the Best Quality

A Small and Handheld Instrument

Before they purchased the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape), they were measuring Brix (sweetness) by crushing and juicing the grape berries. They purchased the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) because they felt the price was justified for an instrument that can measure fruit non-destructively.

The Best Way to Measure Difficult Cultivars

Amongst different types of grapes, the maturity of Shine Muscat is typically hard to determine by looking at its color. For this reason, measuring Brix had always been an integral aspect in determining the harvest time. However, the use of a refractometer that required destroying fruit only allowed them to test samples randomly. By using the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape), they are now able to guarantee the quality of their grapes by measuring the Brix (sweetness) on all of them.



Yamaguchi Farm is a farm in Hasuda city, Saitama prefecture that has been growing Asian pears and persimmons for three generations. The scenery of their pre-harvest Asian pear orchard is posted on their website and each post conveys their dedication and passion for making delicious pears. Above all, their commitment in delivering safe and delicious pears to their customers is indisputable.

To Deliver Quality and Reliability

To Deliver Quality and Reliability

Waiting for the Harvest

Waiting for the Harvest

From Pocket Refractometer PAL Series to Non-Destructive Meters

Until now, they measured Brix by using the Pocket Refractometer from the PAL series. Now, they switched over to the PAL-HIKARi, a non-destructive Brix meter. This allowed them to sample all the fruit, eliminating time consuming juicing processes.

Delivering Quality and Reliability

Last year, lack of sun caused Brix (sweetness) of their pears to remain fairly low. When they were using a Brix meter that required juicing, only random pears were sampled. Under this circumstance, the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) was significantly useful allowing them to check all of their pears.This ensured superb quality to their customers.

Yamaguchi Farm HP

agriculture Sawada Farm


For a Beautiful Cluster of Grapes

The grape berry can be classified by skin color, and loosely categorized as red, black and blue (yellow green). Due to its pigmentation, blue (yellow green) colored berries have always been difficult to measure. Sawada Farm valuing aesthetics have never been fond of plucking berries from a perfectly grown cluster. Plucking individual berries from a perfectly balanced cluster lessens the aesthetics of the whole. The commodity value is lost as well. The PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) measuring Brix without destructing the individual grape is groundbreaking.

Thank you ATAGO!

agriculture Yamacho


Established in 1930, Kudamono no Yamacho is a specialty fruit store that sells locally grown fruit from Kochi prefecture. They are using PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) to check Brix (sweetness) of their Asian pears.

To Measure Incoming Asian Pears Using the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear)

To Measure Incoming Asian Pears
Using the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear)

Using Near Field Communication (NFC) to Transfer Data to a PC

Using Near Field Communication
(NFC) to Transfer Data to a PC

Using PAL-HIKARi to Check Sweetness (Brix) of Asian Pears

Many customers buy fruit from Kudamono no Yaocho as a gift. They stock and sell fresh Asian pears and inspects all incoming fruit for consistent quality. To get the most accurate result, they measure multiple spots on a single pear and take the average.


Before they purchased the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear), they were using the PAL-BX/ACID12 (Asian Pear) and liked how it can measure both Brix and acidity with one instrument. For Brix though, they really like how easily all pears can be measured with PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear).

What They Value in Selling Fruit

The store manager, Mr. Yamamoto shared with us that they ask themselves, “Is what we consider ‘great tasting’ any different from what our customers consider ‘delicious’?
Is there anything that we can do now that we couldn’t do in the past?”
Their commitment to deliver the highest of quality to their customer is their strongest value. They value the quality they offer to their customers and those buying their fruit. Their professionalism and commitment are prominent in what they sell. What an honor that this kind of careful consideration goes into the fruit that are purchased as gifts for special occasions. Kudamono no Yamacho’s products are available online and also can be ordered over the phone.

How about a gift for someone special?

agriculture Amano Farm

Determining by Brix is Very Important

Determining by Brix is Very Important

Popular Shine Mascut

Popular Shine Mascut

For the Most Delicious Grapes

For more than 50 years, Amano Vineyard located in Kashiwara of Osaka has been dedicated to the growth of the most delicious grapes. Their Shine Muscat and Delaware grapes were awarded the Minister Award by Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. All grapes from Osaka are judged based on various categories including, Brix, berry size, balance, and color.
The Shine Muscat is known for its high price tag. The sweetness at the time of harvest is very important. With little to no change in color during the process maturation, it is one of the most difficult cultivars to determine the timing by its appearances. Amano Vineyard has always used a Brix meter for this reason, but it was time consuming and removing berries from a cluster diminished its aesthetics. They are extremely happy how easily they can estimate the harvest day with PAL-HIKARi2.

agriculture Iidaen


Chiba prefecture is one of Japan’s leading producers of nashi (Asian Pear). Iidaen is located in Kamagaya city, Chiba prefecture and produces Hosui, Akizuki, and Kaori pears.

Without Cutting Pears

Without Cutting Pears

Produces Hosui, Akizuki, and Kaori pears

Produces Hosui, Akizuki,
and Kaori pears

For Smooth Farm Operations Using the Non-Destructive Brix Meter

They have been using ATAGO N-1E, a handheld refractometer to measure Brix (sweetness) of their pears. They have decided to purchase the PAL-HIKARi12 (Asian Pear) when this non-destructive Brix meter was as released.

Iidaen’s Hosui pears are only shipped when the Brix is 12% or more. With years of experience sweetness is somewhat predictable by looking at its color and shape. They are excited about the non-destructive Brix meter because it allows their employees to measure and know the Brix without cutting and destroying the pears.

Agriculture Food Freshtrop Fruits LimitedFreshtrop Fruits Limited


Which ATAGO units do you currently use

RX-5000i, PAL-3 and DR-A1

Freshtrop Fruits Limited


QWhat is your feedback on our model which you are using?

AWe really appreciate the versatility in the products of ATAGO. For our syrups, we use DR-A1, for our pulps we use Rx-5000i and for quick testing at floor level we use PAL-3. ATAGO has been a trusted partner for us.
Pomegrante pulp, mango pulp and guava pulp are our main products. Different modes in Rx help us determine the accurate Brix which is crucial for our exporting needs.

QAre you satisfied with our after sales support?

AThey are always ready to help for our technical needs and support our staff whenever we ask for help. Sometimes, when the chemists change, and new ones need to be trained; we can bank on ATAGO INDIA.

Agriculture Food Riveridge Packing, LLCRiveridge Packing,LLC

Riveridge Packing, LLC

Which ATAGO units do you currently use


By using the PAL-HIKARi5 nondestructive brix tester for our apple sampling program we have decreased the time it takes for brix sampling by 75%.
The nondestructive tester helped with improving the efficiency of our sampling program. Now we can simply place the PAL-HIKARi5 on the uncut apple and in 5 seconds we have the brix for the apple. No more sticky, juicy messes and destroyed apples. By using this tester we have doubled the amount of apples we are testing while lowering the amount of time we spend on testing.

agriculture Harada Farm

Measuring Just by Touch

Measuring Just by Touch

A Very Popular Tourist Farm

A Very Popular Tourist Farm

Sweetness by Sense of Taste and Number

Harada Farm is a pick-your-own tourist farm where they offer Takasago, Seikounishiki, Satounishiki, Benishuuhou, and Napoleon cherries. They decided to let their customers use the PAL-HIKARI16 (Cherry) to measure Brix and compare with how it tastes. They liked how quickly Brix can be measured with the PAL-HIKARi16 (Cherry).

agriculture Mochizuki Farm

Mochizuki Farm

Easily Measuring Grapes Still on the Vine

The PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) was recommended by a friend to the Mochizuki farm. They used PAL-HIKAR2 (Grape) to check new cultivars and determine the harvest. They are fond of how small and lightweight the PAL-HIKARi2 (Grape) is and how easily grapes can be measured on the vines. They are happy that the price range is more affordable than other manufacturers’.

Agriculture Alphar Co., Ltd.

Alphar CEO

Alphar Co., Ltd. is a trading company that buys and sells fruits, vegetables, and meat. In addition, the company is a working farm that sells their produce directly to customers. Alphar currently works with 200 suppliers and 500 contract farmers.

Alphar is especially fond of ATAGO’s Brix meter, PAL-J and MASTER series to take Brix measurements of their fruits and vegetables. Alphar praises PAL-J as a digital Brix meter that allows anyone to take measurements objectively.

The First Brix Meter

Alphar and ATAGO products go back a long way more than 25 years. They first used a Brix meter out of curiosity to measure “sweetness” of tomatoes. This fostered a desire to back up the arbitral unit of sweetness with a numerical value. What originally started as taking the Brix measurement of tomatoes has now expanded to all various fruits and vegetables.All of the measurement results are posted on their website where Alphar’s inquiring mind, commitment to taste and “let’s measure all” approach can be witnessed.

According to Alphar, using a Brix meter can plenish numerical values to diverse tastes experience of different people and it can also aide in training and enhancing one’s taste experience.

Reasons for choosing ATAGO products

Lastly, we asked why chose ATAGO products? “First and foremost, it was the way the instrument fit and felt in my hand. Learning that PAL was constructed with human agronomics in mind, it made sense.ATAGO’s attitude to pursue product design which may at a first glance appear irrelevant to taking measurements made a favorable impression on us.”

We support Alphar’s commitment to taste and insatiable desire to purse the best. We wish Alphar many more successful years to come. Thank you for you patronage.

Alphar Co., Ltd.'s website

Agriculture Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Tropical Dome

Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Tropical Dome

All of the employees at Miyazaki Prefecture continue research to further advance the prefecture’s specialty products with work ability and profitability improvement for their farmers in mind.

The growth of the plant and leaves and condition of the flower and its fruit bearing rates, as well as its taste, are checked on a daily basis to promote Miyazaki specialty products. Additionally, if there is a request from a farmer, a staff will go out to the farm to teach and instruct farming and check their fruits.

The Balance Determinesthe Flavor of Fruits

The balance of sweetness and tartness is one of the factors that determine the taste of fruits. Depending on the soil properties, drainage, light exposure and how it is cultivated, a flavor balance may differ even among the same crops from the same field.
Taking into account that the taste test is reliant on one’s condition and individual differences, it is important to numerically check the Brix and acidity ratio frequently using a Pocket Refractometer PAL™-BX|ACID1 (Citrus).

Pocket Refractometer PAL™-BX|ACID1 (Citrus) is portable and allows one to easily measure Brix and acidity anytime, anywhere. Whether for a training purpose or for a new plant breeding research, agricultural producers can carry PAL-BX|ACID1 (Citrus) out to the field and measure on-site. To be able to show measurements in person is not only convenient and efficient but also promotes and facilitates understanding.

A Research Place but a Tourist Attraction

Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station researches and develops new crop varieties, cultivation methods, publishes research articles, and conducts promotion for Miyazaki branded products, including Miyazaki’s ‘Kanjuku’(well ripened) Mango, ‘Hyuganatu’ (large citrus fruit), ‘Kanjuku’(well ripened) Kumquat, Jacaranda flowers, and so on. The facility is open to the public for free in addition to research associates, many visitors visit for sightseeing purposes.

The mountain where Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station is both a place for field research and a tourist spot. There are hiking courses and scenic view spots where one can view the ocean and simply enjoy nature. There is also an observation deck, an open square surrounded by many green trees that were planted to study its adaptation to the subtropical environment.

Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station will continue to work to promote the growth of the agricultural industry and cultivate the skills of farmers to further facilitate development of Miyazaki prefecture as a whole. From the end of May to mid-June, a festival is held to celebrate the tropical Jacaranda flower. At the facility, in the tropical dome area, tropical flowers and plants can be viewed all year around. Miyazaki Prefectural Agricultural Experiment Station Subtropical Crop Station is located in close proximity to famous tourist sites such as Udo Shrine and Toi Cape and so on. One can also view the mackerel and tuna being brought into the nearby harbor for sale.
Why not visit Miyazaki Prefecture and enjoy the tropical experience with your family and friends?

Thank for your continuing patronage. ATAGO wishes you the best.

Agriculture Sumifru Corporation

Sumifru Corporation

Sumifru Corporation is a company which imports and sells fresh fruits and vegetables; primarily bananas, but also including pineapples, melons, avocados, papayas, and citrus.
Sumifru provides high-quality fruits and vegetables. Sumifru manages every stage of their process, beginning from the orchard to the harvesting, processing, distributing and selling of their produce, to ensure a consistent quality in all their fruits and vegetables.

Super Sweet Pineapples with High Sugar Levels

Sumifru cultivates their pineapples in an orchard on Mindanao Island in the Philippines—an ideal spot for pineapples.
This particular pineapple orchard was selected to try out our product.Using their own unique standards for harvesting pineapples, they are able to provide super sweet pineapples with high sugar levels.

Sumifru used our PAL™-BX|ACID9(Pineapple) for measuring their "Kanjyuku Ou" pineapples (pineapples that are noted for their intense sweetness and high sugar levels). We asked Sumifru for their impression of the PAL™-BX|ACID9(Pineapple).

What did you think of our Sugar & Acidity Meter (PAL™-BX|ACID9)'s features and usability?

・Highly accurate
・Only a small amount of sample is needed for measurements
・Short measurement time
・Transportable & easy to carry — do not have to designate one specific location for measuring
・For measuring acid level, the only necessary material to prepare is distilled water. We think this makes the product tremendously convenient and easy to use.

We appreciate your continued support of ATAGO refractometers.



Mr. Armah

Mr. Armah is PAPAYA farmer in Ghana. He is producing PAPAYA at his field where is about 41km from the capital city Accra. His PAPAYA is very famous among the consumer especially in Europe as its much Sweetness, which of BRIX % is 16.0%!!!

Interview with Mr. Armah

We interviewed Mr.Ernest Armah at FRESH PAPAYA, who uses our refractometers for quality control of his PAPAYA.

QWhat are you usages of the ATAGO's Pocket Digital Refractometer?

AWe are using ATAGO's Pocket Digital Refractometer for quality check of PAPAYA and we are challenging to produce excellent products continuously.

Mr.Arman always show BRIX% of PAPAYA to the customers at business meeting.