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S. Korea’s Rice Consumption Down Average 2.3 pct Annually over 3 Decades

S. Korea’s Rice Consumption Down Average 2.3 pct Annually over 3 Decades

SEJONG, Oct. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s per capita annual rice consumption fell an average 2.3 percent annually over the past three decades, data showed Thursday. Per capita average annual rice consumption hit a record low of 61 kilograms in 2018, compared with a record high of 136.4 kilograms in 1970, according to the [...]

Bulk of S. Korea’s Farmland Belongs to People Over 60

Bulk of S. Korea’s Farmland Belongs to People Over 60

SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The bulk of farmland in South Korea is owned by people over 60, data from the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) showed Friday, raising concerns about the long-term sustainability of the country’s agricultural sector. The latest findings, based on information collected from Statistics Korea, showed that seniors control around [...]

S. Korea to Invest 248 bln Won in Smart Farming in 2020

S. Korea to Invest 248 bln Won in Smart Farming in 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea plans to allocate a whopping 248 billion won (US$203 million) for next year to nurture the country’s smart farming industry, Seoul’s agriculture ministry said Tuesday. The budget, which must be approved by parliament later this year, marks a more than 50-percent surge from 162 billion won earmarked [...]

Gunsan Introduces Drones to Prevent Heat Illnesses Among Farmers

Gunsan Introduces Drones to Prevent Heat Illnesses Among Farmers

GUNSAN, Aug. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The city of Gunsan in North Jeolla Province revealed on Tuesday that it is using drones to patrol farmland to detect any cases of heat-related illness. Drones are being deployed in the summer to locate farmers who are exposed to dangers of heat-related illnesses. If there are seniors working [...]