SEOUL, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The Rural Development Administration (RDA) has developed an incredibly fast and low-cost quality evaluation technology for grass forages using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIS), according to a statement on March 12.
The current evaluation process usually takes 3 to 5 days, while it only takes 5 minutes with the newly developed NIS evaluation system.
The NIS technology is employed to analyze chemical composition with regards to protein, fiber and moisture content, and should help to lower cost of the test from 16,000 won to 3,000 won, since it does not require the chemical treatments employed in the current process.
The RDA is planning to install Near Infrared Reflectance Spectrometers at 63 regional testing laboratories in order to establish a national grass forage management system.
The growing Korean grass forage industry has seen its annual supply increase from 4.12 million tons in 2010 to 4.67 million tons in 2013. However, quality control problems were waiting to be solved for the market to introduce more credible and competitive products.
By Kevin Lee (email@example.com)