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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 [...]

Severe Drought Gripping South Korean Farms

Severe Drought Gripping South Korean Farms

HONGSEONG, South Korea, June 5 (Korea Bizwire) – A severe drought accompanied by unusually high temperatures is taking a toll on South Korean farms, with the adverse conditions pushing local governments and the military to contain a crisis that’s showing very little signs of improvement. In South Chungcheong Province, fire trucks, sprinkler trucks and even [...]

Social Events the Next Big Thing for South Korean Farmers

Social Events the Next Big Thing for South Korean Farmers

CHUNGCHEONG, Apr. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Farm parties, which allow people living in the city to enjoy the experience of farm life and come in contact with nature, are proving popular as an increasing number of farmers eye the idea of transforming their property into a cultural event venue. As self-explanatory as it sounds, the newly [...]

South Korean Grape Farms Under Threat From Trade Deals

South Korean Grape Farms Under Threat From Trade Deals

North Chungcheong, SOUTH KOREA, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean grape farms are going out of business as they are having difficulty competing with American and Chilean grape exporters following FTA agreements with both countries. In Yeongdong and Okcheon County in North Chungcheong Province, well-known grape-producing districts, nearly a third of the grape farms [...]

Korean Farmers Grow Giant Strawberries

Korean Farmers Grow Giant Strawberries

NONSAN, South Korea, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Two strawberry farms in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, have been harvesting giant strawberries dubbed “King’s Berries”.  The farmers started cultivating the fruit in September after completing a pilot project in 2015. The large berries weigh about 30 grams each, and are twice as large as typical strawberries, [...]

Biofloc Proves Useful in Vegetable Farming

Biofloc Proves Useful in Vegetable Farming

BUSAN, Dec. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – A biofloc developed by the National Fisheries Research & Development Institute has proven effective not only for aquafarming but also in the cultivation of vegetables.  Biofloc are particles including organisms like bacteria, fungi, algae, and zooplankton, which purify the waste products resulting from aquafarming and convert them into protein [...]

S. Korea Continues Agricultural Support for Kenya

S. Korea Continues Agricultural Support for Kenya

NAIROBI, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – A South Korean official has pledged to continue to help Kenyans boost agricultural output as hundreds of Kenyans expressed gratitude to Seoul for providing advanced agricultural technology.  Chung Hwang-keun, head of the Rural Development Administration in South Korea, made the commitment on Tuesday in a meeting with Kenyan officials [...]

Drones Play Crucial Role in Korean Farming Efficiency

Drones Play Crucial Role in Korean Farming Efficiency

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – Drones will be playing a more active role next year in Korea’s agriculture industry.  The National Agricultural Products Quality Management Service (NAQS) announced Monday that it would deploy drones starting in 2017 to efficiently observe crops and farmland, in line with recent study results showing that using drone imagery [...]