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S. Korean Farmers Struggle from Labor Shortage as Pandemic Disrupts Migrant Work System

S. Korean Farmers Struggle from Labor Shortage as Pandemic Disrupts Migrant Work System

ANSEONG, Oct. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Koh Jin-taek is proud of having built a small but stable farming business in Anseong, 77 kilometers south of Seoul, over the past two decades producing primarily lettuce, chicory and other types of leafy vegetables. He currently owns 44 vinyl greenhouses and had supplied nearly 10,000 kilograms of produce [...]

S. Korea to Up Self-sufficiency of Grains, Cut Carbon Emissions at Farms

S. Korea to Up Self-sufficiency of Grains, Cut Carbon Emissions at Farms

SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea unveiled its new blueprint for the agricultural industry, which centers on expanding its self-sufficiency of major grains while cutting emissions of carbon from local farms. “The disruption to global shipping amid the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the importance of food security,” the Ministry of Agriculture, [...]

N. Gyeongsang Province to Kick Off ‘Healing-Work’ Program

N. Gyeongsang Province to Kick Off ‘Healing-Work’ Program

ANDONG, March 26 (Korea Bizwire) — North Gyeongsang Province plans to launch a ‘Healing-Work’ program that enables people to enjoy healing while working at agricultural villages. With the outbreak of the coronavirus bringing about a new era of non-face-to-face life, this program aims to attract more firms to agricultural areas with low population density, as [...]

Nearly 70 pct of Foreign Farming and Fishing Workers Live in Temporary Structures

Nearly 70 pct of Foreign Farming and Fishing Workers Live in Temporary Structures

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly 70 percent of foreigners working in the country’s agricultural and fishing industries live in greenhouses and other temporary structures, the labor ministry said Wednesday, citing a recent survey. According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor, 69.6 percent of foreign workers who participated in the survey said they [...]

Dozens of Asiatic Black Bears Found in Cages at Illegal Breeding Farm

Dozens of Asiatic Black Bears Found in Cages at Illegal Breeding Farm

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) — About 100 Asiatic black bears, a species in danger of extinction, were found confined to cages for illegal breeding and killed for meat. Although Asiatic black bears are a species which requires special care for protection, some farms are engaged in illegal breeding and serving them for human consumption. [...]

Mini Watermelons Coming Soon to S. Korean Supermarkets

Mini Watermelons Coming Soon to S. Korean Supermarkets

SACHEON, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Miniature-sized watermelons grown from suspended pots will soon be made available for South Korean consumers. Gyeongnam Sacheon Agricultural Development & Technology Center will begin selling fun-size watermelons grown via nutriculture through stores of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, better known as Nonghyup, in the southeastern city of Sacheon. These [...]