As many of our village people have engaged in rice farming, it has been their first priority to secure enough water for farming. They have made great efforts to utilize the water of Kamo River running through in our community.
About 150 - 100 years ago, villagers made farm ponds on the village hills to store rain water for rice farming. They also built weirs in Kamo River and constructed irrigation channels in order to get enough water for rice farming.
Some of the weirs had been destroyed or washed away, and people had suffered from droughts and floods many times. In 1959, at the request of townspeople, a project to construct a joint weir was planned. It was finished in March 1965. It enabled farmers to use the river water despite weather.
The rationalization project of farming water started in 1972 and finished in 1988. As part of the project, pipeline systems were developed, and water has been supplied efficiently to each rice paddy through pipes underground instead of the irrigation channels. This pipelines enabled farmers to control the water just on the rice fields anytime.
Researched by LABO Torigoe Party Senior Group in 2000
Potographed and translated by TORIGOE Yuko in 2002