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* Date : 2010-06-13

Nations Eager to Adopt Korean Agricultural Technology
 









 

The Rural Development Administration (RDA) of Korea established the Korea Project on International Agriculture (KOPIA) to transfer world-class Korean agricultural techniques to developing countries as part of a global cooperation initiative.

Uzbekistan! A new frontier in developing new vegetable varieties!

Uzbekistan is located in Central Asia. In the capital of Tashkent is RDA's KOPIA Center. A team of researchers is developing a new variety of Korean tomatoes that can be grown in Uzbekistan, where the soil contains high levels of alkali, a mixture of soluble salts. The research team uses grafting techniques to create plants that can thrive in the soil.

Along with their research on tomatoes, the Korean team also works hard to develop new varieties of fresh vegetables for Uzbekistan farms. Although the KOPIA Center was established relatively recently, it has made stunning progress. And the adoption of Korean farming techniques in Uzbek farms has given new hope to local farmers.

Kim Jae-gyun is the owner of a strawberry farm in Uzbekistan. He was successful in growing a sweet variety of strawberries on his farm with help from the KOPIA Center. He used methods to counter high salinity levels of the soil and installed water curtains in his greenhouses to achieve this remarkable success.

Developing Future Biofuels - Vietna

Another KOPIA Center in Vietnam has made remarkable progress as well. Korean researchers working with their Vietnamese counterparts are studying potential biofuel plants that could be used as feasible alternative fuels of the future. Their research is drawing interest among Vietnamese growers.

Researchers are developing a biofuel plant variety that is resistant to the hot climate and high humidity levels typical of Vietnam to generate stable crop yields. Not only is the group transferring advanced technology to the Vietnamese agriculture industry, but they're also making a bold bet on biofuels with their research.

As Vietnam plans to become a major rice exporter in Asia, Korea is carefully studying their progress and supporting commercial research on new rice-based foods that could revive rice production in Korea. The KOPIA Center also succeeded in growing squash in the summer in Vietnam despite a history of unsuccessful attempts by local farmers who deemed it impossible.

Nations eager to adopt Korean agricultural technology

Rising from the ashes of a devastating war, Korea was able to rapidly develop its agriculture industry with the help of foreign aid that came mostly from developed nations. Now Korea is transferring technology to other nations. More and more nations are sending delegations to Korea's RDA to learn advanced farming techniques. To meet this demand, Korea established KOPIA centers in seven countries.

Korean agriculture technology is sought by foreign countries! We meet RDA researchers achieving breakthroughs to make Korea the leading nation in agricultural technology.

 

 
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