Agricultural Equipment

Korea presents new farm development model globally

Left with the ashes of the Korean War, Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Having three meals a day was an unattainable luxury for many, who relied on donations from developed countries. “Barley hump,” or the pre-harvest period between May and June when there was no food, had been haunting Korea’s rural area for years. Korean farmers finally overcame their poverty through the Saemaeul Movement. Those who researched the movement initiated by the late former President Park [...]

KT brings LTE service to the office for first time

Korean network operator KT Corp. has become the first in the world to install Long-Term Evolution network service in office surroundings to pave the way for smoother and safer communication. The service allows employees and customers to utilize the intranet of a firm through mobile devices in a secure manner, as it is operated separately from existing LTE networks used for noncorporate mobile subscribers. Businesses can choose to make the service available nationwide or only in designated workplaces. KT said this service [...]

[Photo News] OCI completes 10MW plant in Huai'an

OCI COMPLETES HUAI’AN SOLAR PLANT — OCI president Huh Man (center) and company officials hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to mark the completion of OCI’s 10-megawatt solar power plant located in a 270,000-square-meter-wide crab farm in Hongze County of Huai’an, China. The plant, able to produce electricity for some 3,600 households, will become a supplier to the State Grid Corporation of China for the next 20 years, according to green energy and chemical company OCI. (OCI) Source:

KT to invest in agricultural projects in Korea

KT said Monday that it has teamed up with ASO Farm Land of Japan to jointly develop a “smart farming theme park.” The Bundang-based KT said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which is non-binding, with the Japanese agricultural theme park operator for the project. KT plans to implement its latest smart farming systems, such as tools for the operation of farmland. The Japanese company will provide KT with its management know-how in agricultural theme parks, management manuals, technology and [...]

Child abuse on the rise

Reports of child abuse have surged by 77 percent over the last four years, reaching 10,027 cases last year, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare this week. Child abuse is categorized into four types, although 48 percent of cases were categorized as involving multiple forms of abuse. By individual type, neglect was the most common, followed by emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. Nearly 82 percent of the offenders were parents, while 9.9 percent were foster parents, 5.6 [...]

Korea opens doors to Peruvian mangoes

Peruvian mango exports to South Korea are set to get underway this season, after Korean authorities approved a phytosanitary protocol for the fruit today. Peru’s Agriculture Minister Juan Manuel Benites confirmed the breakthrough had been achieved after three years of technical efforts from the country’s National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa) and the Quarantine Agency of Animal and Plant Health (QIA). Korea becomes the third Asian country to open its doors to Peruvian mangoes, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and [...]

Korea's rice production hits 6-year high in 2015

South Korea’s rice production hit a six-year high in 2015 caused by greater yield per cultivated land, government data showed Friday. According to the data from Statistics Korea, South Korea produced a total of 4.32 million tons of rice this year, up 2 percent from 4.24 million tons a year earlier. This marked the third straight year of growth in rice output. The growth came in spite of a 2-percent drop in the country’s rice-growing area from a year earlier. “Lack of serious [...]

Korea to resume kimchi exports to China

Korea will soon be able to resume shipping kimchi to China as regulators on the mainland are set to ease rules on one of Korea’s most representative dishes, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Friday. The news came after the Korea-China summit between President Park Geun-hye and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Saturday, where the latter said China will take steps to bring made-in-Korea kimchi back to the mainland as soon as possible. In February, the Chinese government [...]

Food industry emerging as next growth engine

If one asks which industry has served as the driving force of the Korean economy today, nine out of 10 people would readily say it is manufacturing. Thanks to the growth of heavy and chemical manufacturing, Korea has made breakthroughs in trade, surpassing $1 trillion in volume in the 21st century. However, manufacturing is now struggling both at home and abroad, hit by the prolonged global economic slump, the weakening Japanese yen and other unfavorable conditions. On the other hand, there is [...]

The Business of Agriculture: Cold-hardy kiwi has high-value potential

The first time Iago Hale popped a cold-hardy kiwifruit in his mouth in graduate school, he was left speechless, amazed that he had never encountered the delicious, grape-like fruit before. Now, the researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire is a hardy kiwifruit breeder working to develop the small, sweet fruit into a new high-value crop for New England farmers. “Hardy kiwis are well-suited to the relatively small and diverse farms that dot the [...]