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Farmers Rally in Seoul to Push Gov’t for Higher Rice Prices

Farmers Rally in Seoul to Push Gov’t for Higher Rice Prices

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Rice farmers held a rally in Seoul’s Yeouido financial district to call for a rise in rice prices. Approximately 500 farmers gathered in front of the Export-Import Bank of Korea’s head office in Yeouido yesterday and asked that the government set the target price for 80 kilograms of rice [...]

South Korean Romaine Confirmed Safe amid E. coli Outbreak in the U.S.

South Korean Romaine Confirmed Safe amid E. coli Outbreak in the U.S.

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — With a series of E. coli outbreaks and contaminated romaine lettuce sweeping across the United States, the South Korean government has attempted to assuage local concern by confirming that lettuce produced and distributed in South Korea is safe. “South Korea did not import any romaine lettuce from the United [...]

Octopus Farming Taps into Motherly Affection to Increase Output

Octopus Farming Taps into Motherly Affection to Increase Output

  SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Motherly love turns out to be one of the keys to the successful development of octopus aquaculture. Releasing female octopuses full of eggs into the wide mud flats off the South Korean coast has contributed to huge improvement in octopus aquaculture, according to a report from the Institute [...]

S. Korea Uses Blockchain Technology to Trace Beef Supply Chain

S. Korea Uses Blockchain Technology to Trace Beef Supply Chain

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government said Tuesday it will use blockchain technology to track beef through the supply chain to provide consumers with information about the source of their food. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Science and ICT will jointly launch the pilot [...]

Ministry of Agriculture Struggles to Develop Useful Apps

Ministry of Agriculture Struggles to Develop Useful Apps

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — One third of the smartphone applications released by government entities falling under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) have been discontinued. According to MAFRA data submitted to Rep. Lee Man-hee of the Liberty Korea Party, a total of 109 smartphone apps were released by 16 government [...]

Seoul Mayor Suggests Filling Seoul’s Barren Rooftops with Gardens and Solar Panels

Seoul Mayor Suggests Filling Seoul’s Barren Rooftops with Gardens and Solar Panels

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon pointed out that “satellite photos of Seoul show how empty the roofs in Seoul are,” suggesting that at least one-third of all roof space be transformed into gardens or solar power generation stations. Park, at a policy debate on urban agriculture held at Seoul City [...]

Gold Halibut to be Farmed Via Smartphone

Gold Halibut to be Farmed Via Smartphone

SEOUL, Sept. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — An environmentally-friendly method of fish farming that incorporates Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and is controlled via smartphone will be operated on a trial basis. The local government of Jeju announced yesterday that it had selected two fishing companies (Haeyeon Fish Farm and Pungeo Corporation) as candidates for an [...]

Urban Farming Growing in Popularity

Urban Farming Growing in Popularity

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of urban farms and farmers is increasing, with many making use of idle garden space. According to Gyeonggi Province and Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, there were 552,000 people engaged in farming over 3.2 square kilometers of land in cities at the end of 2017. While [...]

Korea Boosts “K-Fresh” Agro-Exports to the U.S.

Korea Boosts “K-Fresh” Agro-Exports to the U.S.

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Fresh fruits and vegetables from Korea are hot sellers in the American food market. Dubbed “K-Fresh,” fruit, vegetables, ginseng, mushrooms, grains and kimchi from the South Korea have been welcomed in the American market, thanks to their high quality and freshness. On September 5 and 6, K-Food Fair 2018 [...]