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After Potato Promotion, Gangwon Province Moves On to Asparagus

After Potato Promotion, Gangwon Province Moves On to Asparagus

CHUNCHEON, April 29 (Korea Bizwire) – Consumers are paying keen attention to a special online sales promotion of asparagus, which is underway this month in Gangwon Province following a similar promotion involving potatoes last month. Since April 20, the province has been selling 1-kilogram boxes of asparagus produced by farmers for 7,000 won (US$5.74). The promotion [...]

Why S. Korean Governors are Selling Vegetables on Social Media

Why S. Korean Governors are Selling Vegetables on Social Media

SEOUL, March 21 (Korea Bizwire) — While businesses across South Korea are struggling to survive the fallout from the new coronavirus, which has affected more than 8,000 here, provincial governors have come up with creative ideas to help local farmers. Gov. Choi Moon-soon, who calls himself the “governor who sells potatoes” on his Twitter profile, [...]

Korean Fruit Sweeps Through Southeast Asian Market

Korean Fruit Sweeps Through Southeast Asian Market

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Korean grapes and strawberries are gaining popularity in Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and state-run Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp. (aT) reported grape exports of US$23 million last year, up by 64.2 percent over the previous year. Shine Muscats [...]

Flower Sales Plunge, as Schools Cancel Graduation, Admission Ceremonies Due to Virus Fear

Flower Sales Plunge, as Schools Cancel Graduation, Admission Ceremonies Due to Virus Fear

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — With schools nationwide canceling or downsizing their graduation and entrance ceremonies amid the spreading coronavirus fear, local flower farmers are taking a direct hit from the plunging demand for their products. In South Korea, February-March is traditionally regarded as the peak and busiest season for flower growers and shops, [...]

Coronavirus Threatens Livelihood of Flower Farmers

Coronavirus Threatens Livelihood of Flower Farmers

BUSAN, Feb. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – The coronavirus outbreak is hurting floriculturists as an increasing number of schools are cancelling graduation and enrollment ceremonies. Nonghyeop Busan Flowering Plant Joint Market reported that a single package of roses cost between 4,000 and 6,000 won (US$3.37-5.05). Farmers complain that selling their product at these prices doesn’t even [...]