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Government to Inspect for Pesticides Before Bestowing HACCP Certification

Government to Inspect for Pesticides Before Bestowing HACCP Certification

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — The government said Friday it will test for pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, as well as residual medicines, such as antibiotics, before issuing egg farms the state-administered food safety certification. The announcement by the Korea Agency of HACCP Accreditation and Services (KAHAS) comes amid growing public anger over sales [...]

S. Korea Pushes for Seafood Processing Complex in Russia’s Far East

S. Korea Pushes for Seafood Processing Complex in Russia’s Far East

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea and Russia have agreed to jointly build a seafood processing complex in the Russian Far East to develop the underdeveloped region with abundant natural resources, marine ministry here said Friday. Korea Trading and Industries Co., Busan Port Authority and two other local companies signed a memorandum of [...]

“Triple Threat” Greenhouse Engine Developed

“Triple Threat” Greenhouse Engine Developed

DAEJEON, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials declared on September 5 that the world’s first gas heat pump possessing the “triple threat” capabilities of heating, cooling, and generating carbonic acid gas as fertilizer had successfully passed on-site testing.  Previous methods of providing greenhouses with heating and cooling required the [...]

South Korea Aims to Join Food Assistance Convention, Donate 50,000 Tons of Rice

South Korea Aims to Join Food Assistance Convention, Donate 50,000 Tons of Rice

SEJONG, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea plans to give rice to developing nations after it joins an international food assistance convention as part of its ambition to stabilize the local rice supply and help the needy around the world, the farm ministry said Wednesday. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it is preparing steps [...]

North Chungcheong Farms Look Abroad for Seasonal Workhands

North Chungcheong Farms Look Abroad for Seasonal Workhands

GOESAN, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — For the people of Goesan County, North Chungcheong Province, the period of “gimjang” or kimchi-making in November is the most critical time of the year. The sky-high demand from urban populations for Goesan’s specialty, salted cabbage, has the region seeing healthy yearly returns on its leafy vegetables. Just last [...]

Rural Development Agency to Halt Commercialization of Genetically Modified Crops

Rural Development Agency to Halt Commercialization of Genetically Modified Crops

JEONJU, Sept. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — The Rural Development Agency (RDA) released a statement on September 1 declaring its decision to halt its efforts to foster a market for genetically modified crops (GMC). The Agency came to the decision after carrying out a months-long exchange with regional civic groups that had opposed the RDA’s plans [...]

Good Value ‘Ugly Fruits’ Popular Amid Economic Woes

Good Value ‘Ugly Fruits’ Popular Amid Economic Woes

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — As the long-term economic slump continues in South Korea, price-competitive fruits that might not meet conventional beauty standards are proving popular among South Korean consumers. Sales of ‘ugly’ fruits jumped more than fivefold between 2010 and 2016, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) announced on Thursday after analyzing household accounts [...]

Agriculture Authorities to Genetically Engineer Hanwoo Cattle

Agriculture Authorities to Genetically Engineer Hanwoo Cattle

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean agriculture authorities are turning to genetic engineering to develop high-quality beef as part of their efforts to meet the growing interest and varying demand for different beef cuts in the country. The Rural Development Administration (RDA) announced on Wednesday that it is developing technology to genetically assess [...]