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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 [...]

S. Korea’s Fruit Imports Reach Record High in 2017

S. Korea’s Fruit Imports Reach Record High in 2017

SEJONG, Sept. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s fruit imports reached record high levels last year on growing demand for dietary diversity, customs data showed Monday. The country imported 834,000 tons of fruit, worth US$1.24 billion, last year. In terms of value, last year’s figure marks the highest tally ever, according to the data compiled [...]

S. Korea Strengthens Inspections of U.S. Beef Following Mad Cow Case

S. Korea Strengthens Inspections of U.S. Beef Following Mad Cow Case

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea has stepped up sampling inspections of U.S. beef imports following a confirmation of a mad cow case, the government in Seoul said Thursday. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it has increased sampling inspections carried out on American beef from the current 3 percent [...]