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'Smart farms' are the future of agriculture
Updated: 2022-04-25 06:08:18 KST
This giant greenhouse is filled with green plants and red LED lights.
This particular section of greenery is made up of sprouts of barley, and the red LED lights help the sprouts grow.
One side of this greenhouse is full of newly sprouting barley seeds.
What's unique about this farm is that the barley sprouts are not grown in soil, but in clean water in what are being called smart farm installations.

The "smart farms" use ICT technology that automatically controls temperature, humidity, and also sunlight.
Another aspect of the installation is that it has 7 display case type layers that allow a constant supply of light, including the supplementary LED light, and it's also set up to allow for a continuous flow of nutrient-filled water.

"This set up is very safe, and it's a great advantage that the plants are free from pollutants. It's also a great way to foster a nutritional environment."

This smart farm produces 280 times more barley than in an area of land that's the same size.
From here, the sprouts are processed into products like powder and granules that are mainly sold online or at large stores.
Recently, smart farms have expanded from just barley to other crop types like black barley, oats, lentils and peas.

"The automated nature of smart farms allows for increased productivity while reducing labor. Expansion of this smart farm technology will make our agriculture competitive in the global market."

The Rural Development Administration will continue to actively promote their smart farm-related technology through the Korea Agricultural Technology Promotion Agency.
Lee Eunjin, Arirang News.
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