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Smart farms emerge as new sector for young generation in S. Korea Updated: 2021-02-27 12:32:42 KST

Smart farm has lately been an emerging topic among young people in South Korea.
It not only provides a more convenient environment to grow crops, but also creates new job opportunities across rural areas.
Our Cho Sung-min has more.
This is an indoor smart farm designed so that crops can grow all year round.
It is also partially state-funded and has a greenhouse, cold storage compartments, a heating system, as well as other tools which automatically monitor and maintain the crops.
"It is easier than farming outdoors. Because of the hydroponics method I use which doesn't require soil, I expect my profits to be three times more than what they would be from outdoor farming."
For the past few years, smart farms have become popular among young people.
A big data analysis report published by a public institution reveals that the number of online posts about young farmers and agro-entrepreneurs showed a 30 percent increase from two years ago.
Younger generations hit with the recent unemployment crisis are able to not only learn about farming or farm management, but potentially find themselves a career in an emerging sector.
"Jobs like agriculture big data analysts, smart farm developers, and others can be created from smart farming. Young people can seek new careers in these areas."
Smart farms also benefit provinces as they help draw young people into rural areas. Like in the case of the cucumber farmer Kim Soo-seong, agriculture-related public offices in each province are supporting young agricultural workers by providing education and infrastructure at a lower price or by helping them financially.
"We will continue to expand our support for farmers whether that be financially, in terms of consulting, or smart farm education."
Experts are calling for continued support to develop smart farms into a new industry all of its own.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.
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