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With revenue from its mainstay railway business slowing, Kyushu Railway Co. is aiming to generate annual sales of ¥1 billion from its farming ventures in two years, a roughly fivefold increase from fiscal 2012.

JR Kyushu entered the farm business in 2010, looking for new sources of revenue as well as hoping to rev up the local farm sector, a segment of the regional economy that is going downhill. It currently manages around 16 hectares of land and grows seven types of produce.

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