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Proposed Keystone Foods deal gets South Korean approval (68)  2018-11-27
Marfrig Global Foods says sale of Keystone Foods to Tyson Foods should be finalized before the end of 2018 Marfrig Global Foods' proposed sale of its Keystone Foods subsidiary to Tyson Foods has received approval from the antitrust authority of South Korea, paving the way for the tr..
 
S.Korea's agro-food exports hit record high in H1 (407)  2018-07-17
SEOUL, July 17 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's exports of agricultural products and food hit a record high in the first half of this year due to strong demand from China and Southeast Asian nations, a government report showed Tuesday. Outbound shipments of food and agricultural products reached 3.5..
 
Korea to help improve agriculture sector (258)  2018-07-10
South Korea has pledged to help Cambodia tackle some of the main issues affecting the agriculture sector. The pledge was made during talks last week between Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture and Oh Nak-young, South Korean Ambassador to Cambodia. Cambodia is a producer of agricultural raw ma..
 
S. Korea, Philippines sign MOU on agriculture cooperation (389)  2018-06-04
SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the Philippines on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand cooperation in the agricultural sector, Seoul's agriculture ministry said. Kim Hyun-soo, vice minister of South Korea's agriculture, food and rural affairs, and Emmanue..
 
Korean Government Planning to Give Rice to Overseas Countries as Aid (969)  2017-03-31
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the complementing plan on the mid- to long-term rice supply and demand stabilization for 2017 to reduce rice cultivation area, promote rice consumption through rice processed food, raise rice supply for welfare and use as ani..
 
Korea begins exporting Samgyetang to China (1338)  2016-08-02
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) recently announced that Korean Samgyetang will begin exporting to China. China has prohibited the import of Korean Samgyetang mainly because of quarantine and sanitation reasons. Samgyetang is a traditional chicken soup made with a young ch..
 
Korean agricultural sector is strongly against the anti-graft law (1294)  2016-08-02
Beginning September 28, 2016, the anti-graft law goes into effect in Korea . By the law, public officials, private school teachers, journalists and their spouses should not be given a meal that costs more than 30,000 won ($US26) or receive gifts priced over 50,000 won. Congratulatory or condolence m..
 
Korean government makes an effort to have Korean Food Culture added to UNESCO’s list (1275)  2016-08-02
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) recently announced that it will work for the addition of Korean food culture to UNESCO by collaborating with the Ministry of Culture, the Sports and Tourism (MCST) with participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cultural Heritage..
 
Korean Government Policies Put Animal Rights on the Back Burner (1259)  2016-07-19
On July 7, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced an improvement plan to strengthen animal protection and foster related industries at the 10 th Annual Meeting of the Trade and Investment Organizations.   Source: http://koreabizwire.com/korean-governme..
 
Korea and China Will Jointly Take Measures to Cope with Foot-and-Mouth Disease and AI (1309)  2016-07-19
On May 20, 2016, Korea’s Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency announced that from May 15 to 19, 2016 their officials visited the Lanzhou Veterinarian Research Center and Harbin Veterinarian Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science and discussed ways to cope with foot-and-mo..
 
Korea, Seeking Expanded Exports into Southeast Asian Markets (1216)  2016-07-19
On May 26, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that 57 Korean food companies will participate in the THAIFEX. Source: http://english.mafra.go.kr/eng/list.jsp?id=30189&pageNo=1&NOW_YEAR=2016&group_id=1001&menu_id=1020&link_menu_id=1020&d..
 
Korea and Russia Sign MOU on Joint Agricultural Development of Siberia (1252)  2016-07-19
On June 2, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) signed an MOU on joint research on the Maritime Province of Siberia in a meeting with their Russian counterpart Tkachev in Xi’an, China. Both countries will draw up a mid-to-long-term plan to develop the region (with ..
 
Groups identify flaws in Korea’s aid, saying it appears to have been thrown together for Pres. Park’s recent trip to Africa (1342)  2016-06-20
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST), Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), and the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) announced the Korea Aid program, which was heavily publicized by the government as a “new South Korea..
 
Korean wine imports have been increasing over the past seven years, surpassing imported hard liquor for the first time last year (1317)  2016-06-20
The trade commission and agricultural affairs director of the Embassy of Chile recently spoke about Chilean wines having built a bigger share of the market since 2004, when the FTA took effect. In 2003, Chilean wines accounted for 6.5 % of the imported wine market. This rose sharply after the FTA an..
 
‘Korea's tech transfers key to Myanmar's reforms’ (1195)  2016-06-20
With Myanmar spurring political, economic and administrative reforms, technological assistance coupled with financial aid from Korea and other industrial powerhouses will help expedite the country’s ongoing transformation, according to a senior official of Myanmar’s ruling party. Sour..
 
Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs joins forces with Dusit International to promote hospitality internship program (1377)  2016-06-20
The government agency of Korea's Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Rural Affairs, has teamed up with leading Asian hospitality group. the Dusit International to promote a cultural exchange whereby students from South Korea will have a chance to be interns in  one of the chain's interna..
 
Decreasing Self-sufficiency for Beef and Pork in Korea (1358)  2016-05-31
On May 28, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that Korea's self-sufficiency for beef and pork decreased together for the second consecutive year in 2015. Korea's self-sufficiency rate for beef came at 46%in 2015, down from 50.1%posted in 2013. The ..
 
Determination of final products receive FTA Damage compensation direct payment in 2016 in Korea (1462)  2016-05-31
On May 26, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the final products which have been receiving FTA Damage compensation direct Payment in 2016 are carrot, grape, and blueberry. It is for compensating the farmers’ damages which occurred due to the implem..
 
Opening Job-seeking Support Center for Horse Industry in Korea (1368)  2016-05-31
On May 25, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that Job-seeking Support Center for Horse Industry opened last 26, May, 2016. It is for promoting the intermediation between peoples who are looking for a job and are offering a job in the horse related Industry. ..
 
Accelerating public investments for fostering the horse industry in Korea (1315)  2016-04-18
On April 18, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that it is going to invest KRW 12 billion (approximately US$ 12 million) for 2016 so as to accelerate the plan for fostering, horse industry since it started to grow in 2012. It is for promoting the rural econom..
 
Direct payment for certain products receiving FTA Damage compensation in Korea (1331)  2016-04-18
On April 18, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the products satisfying the requirements for receiving FTA Damage compensation direct Payment in 2016 are carrots, grapes, and blueberries. It is compensation for the famers’ damages due to the implem..
 
Korean annual average per capita meat consumption is 51.3 kg (1270)  2016-04-18
On April 15, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that Korean annual average per capita meat consumption is 51.3 kg in 2014, which is less than the per capita average consumption, 63.5kg in OECD members.   Source: http://www.mafra.go.kr/list.jsp..
 
Korea expands its public storage of cabbage and radish (1317)  2016-04-18
On April 12, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the public storage volume in Korean cabbage and radish will be increased.  These are the main materials used for making Korean Kimchi. The said expansion of public storage was made to stabilize the ..
 
Promoting the growing of other crops other than rice to the reclaimed land in Korea (1269)  2016-03-21
On March 18, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the ministry is going to apply 50 percent lower rent and to extend the lease period if farmers and farm corporations cultivate other crops other than rice to the reclaimed land. It is for attaining the bala..
 
Propelling a regulatory reform for the revitalization of new agricultural industry in Korea (1511)  2016-03-21
On March 14, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the ministry is going to collect public opinions until March 31, 2016 on the regulatory reform for the revitalization of the new agricultural industry. It includes unmanned agricultural machineries (drones)..
 
Establishing a TF team for creating new jobs in the field of agri-food industry in Korea (1450)  2016-03-21
On March 14, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) launched a special task force(TF) team to create new jobs in the field of agri-food industry. It is for the agri-food sector to contribute enhancing the vitality in national economy as well as rural economy.   ..
 
Korea's five year plan for fostering environmentally-friendly agriculture (1430)  2016-03-21
On March 10, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the five-year plan (2016~2020) for fostering environmentally-friendly agriculture. The policy goal of this plan is to increase the scale of environmentally-friendly agricultural market up to 2.5 trillion won ..
 
Korean government announced an expansion of government’s support for fruit garden scaling business in 2016 (1786)  2016-02-15
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that in order to strengthen the competitiveness of fruit garden business by scaling, the budget for fruit garden scaling business (for sale, long-term lease) will be supported by 35.6 billion Korean won, an increase of about 30..
 
“New 31 businesses of links and the cooperation for regionally happy life zone in 2016” is selected in Korea (1478)  2016-02-15
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the presidential committee to develop the region announced that “31 businesses of links and cooperation for regionally happy life zone in 2016”, which is detailed assignment of “Strengthening  the link and coopera..
 
Strengthening the right to know by spreading the origin mark of agriculture and fisheries in Korea (1547)  2016-02-15
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MAF) announced that from February 3 2016, some laws will be carried out to increase the number of items which have to have a sign of origin mark to strengthen the consumer’s right to..
 
Old rice for feeds will be promoted in February in Korea (1432)  2016-02-15
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) plans to sell the 99,000 tons (based on the amount of unpolished rice) of old rice, to carry out part of the ‘Special solution for managing the amount of old rice in 2016’. Source: http://www.mafra.go.kr/list.jsp?&ne..
 
Korean government announces a basic plan for fostering women farmers (1369)  2016-01-25
On January 11, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the ministry is going to conduct the 4th plan for fostering women farmers from 2016 to 2020. The objective of the plan is to expand the role of female farmers in agricultural sector and rural through g..
 
Korean government announces a comprehensive plan for promoting Agro-food R&D (1628)  2016-01-25
On January 7, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs(MAFRA) announced the 2nd comprehensive plan for promoting R & D in agro-food industry. It is for making high value-added agro-food industry through the close cooperation among government, university and industry in the fi..
 
Korean government announces the 2015 rice purchasing price for public stockholdings (1487)  2016-01-25
On January 13, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the 2015 rice purchasing price for public stockholdings: 52,270 Won (Korean currency) per 1 bag(40kg) based on 1st grade of paddy rice. It is an average price of harvest season in production area during Oct..
 
Korean government to conduct special management plan for rice stockholdings (1410)  2016-01-25
On January 18, 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the 2016 special management plan for rice stockholdings. It is to reduce the current overstocked rice through alternative uses of rice for processing and feeding.   Source: http://www.mafra.go..
 
Government to start project for enhancing rice consumption for the young in Korea (1660)  2015-08-17
On July 20, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that it is working on a project called ‘Mi (meaning ‘rice’ in Chinese Character) racle Project’ to increase rice consumption. ‘Miracle Project’ is designed to create a new and friend..
 
Korea resumes milk exports to China (1547)  2015-08-17
On July 21, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the export of Korean sterilized milk to China is resumed after 14 months of suspension. Shipments of Korean sterilized milk to China were suspended after Beijing revised its law to accept shipments of mil..
 
Agricultural policy loan rate has gone down since August in Korea (1550)  2015-08-17
On July 23, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that Agricultural policy loan rate has gone down since August 1. 2015. It is a measure to make a balance with the low interest rate of commercial banks     Source: http://www.krei.re.kr/we..
 
Government holds meeting on cooperation between agriculture and food industry in Korea (1545)  2015-08-17
On August 5, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) held an explanatory meeting on "win-win" cooperation between agriculture and food industry. It is for expanding the success models and collecting the opinions on "win-win" cooperation between agricultu..
 
Government holds the workshop on future growth industry of agro-food sector in Korea (1604)  2015-08-17
On August 7 to 8, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) held the workshop on future growth industry of agro-food sector with government officials, agricultural experts and farmers. It is for collecting the opinions on future policy direction of the agro-food sector.  ..
 
MOU Signing with Myanmar for Mutual Growth of Seed Industry in Korea (1627)  2015-07-18
On July 10, 2015, the Korea Seed & Variety Service (KSVS, Director General Shin Hyun-kwan) announced that the organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Myanmar. This is mainly for nurturing the rice industry as well as producing high qu..
 
Passing Food Standards for ginseng at the CODEX in Korea (1634)  2015-07-18
On July 6, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that standards for ginseng, suggested by MAFRA, were passed through the final review and adopted as global standards at the 38th session of the Codex Alimentaruis Commission (CAC), held in Geneva, Switzerland betw..
 
Operating dietary life education as regular class in major educational colleges in Korea (1663)  2015-07-18
On July 7, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the dietary life education as a regular class in major educational colleges will begin this coming second semester of 2015. It is a dietary education for preliminary teachers in order to promote their right d..
 
Expanding business scopes of agricultural corporations to green-tourism in Korea (1473)  2015-07-18
On July 7, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the business scopes of agricultural corporations supported from the Korean government will be expanded into green-tourism activities. It is for improving the income sources through the green-tourism ac..
 
Korea, signing an MOU for expanding agro-food export to Chinese market (1419)  2015-06-17
On June 9, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Headquarters of CJ China. This MOU is to expand export of Korean agricultural food by utilizing the TV home shopping and online channels of CJ, which has entered th..
 
Publishing a book that reflects the beautiful royal in Korea (1559)  2015-06-17
On June 3, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the Korea Food Foundation announced that they would publish ‘Jewels of the Palace’, which introduces the Korean royal cuisine from the TV show ‘Daejanggeum’. This publication is to promote..
 
Participating in Milano Expo for spreading Korean food culture (1555)  2015-06-17
On May 22, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and the Korea Food Foundation announced that they would participate in the Korean Culture & Tourism Festival during May 27th to 30th in relation to the 2015 Milano Expo. It is to promote the Korean food cultur..
 
Committee for agricultural cooperation between Korea and Russia (1504)  2015-06-17
On May 15, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that the ministry would attend the 2nd Korea-Russia Agriculture Cooperative Committee in Moscow, Russia. The Korea-Russia Agriculture Cooperative Committee is the official consultation channel between th..
 
Rural Tourism Program through Train Trips in Korea (1652)  2015-05-18
On April 15, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) announced that they agreed to develop and expand rural tourism program through train trips. This is to pursue continuous development of tourism in rural areas by train trips...
 
Increasing Fixed Direct Payment per Hectare for Rice Farming in Korea (1595)  2015-05-18
On April 21, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced that fixed direct payment per hectare in paddy farming will be increased from 900 thousand won (Korean currency) in 2014 to 1,000 thousand won in 2015. It is to support rice farming income.   S..
 
Special Meeting for Promoting Agro-Food Exports in Korea (1857)  2015-05-18
On May 7, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) held a meeting to promote agro-food exports. It is for reviewing the goal of Korean agro-food exports which amounts to US$7.7 billion in 2015.   Srouce: http://www.mafra.go.kr/list.jsp?&newsid=155446716..
 
Plan for Vitalization Environmentally Friendly Farming in Korea (1519)  2015-05-18
On May 8, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) announced the Plan for vitalization environmentally friendly farming Source: http://www.krei.re.kr/web/www/33?p_p_id=EXT_BBS&p_p_lifecycle=1&p_p_state=exclusive&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-..
 
Korean Government provides new small package rice to low income one-person household for free (1652)  2015-04-15
On March 25, 2015, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) announced that government is scheduled to provide new small package 10kg rice to low income one-person household for free every month starting April 1, 2015. It is change..
 
President Park Geun-hye held luncheon meeting with leaders of the Korean farmers’ groups and industry associations (1686)  2015-04-15
On March 27, 2015, President Park Geun-hye invited some leaders of the Korean farmers’ groups and industry associations to the Blue House(the Korean presidential office). It is for seeking and discussing the possibility of win-win cooperation between the agricultural sector and the non-agri..
 
Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) develops a smart water management system for agriculture (1848)  2015-04-15
On April 12, 2015, the Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) announced that it is now working hard to create a comprehensive, state-of-the-art water management system in a bid to become more effectively secure in the management of water resources for agricultural use. It is necessary for effect..
 
The Korean Government Made a Standard of Minimum Price for Contract Farming in Seven Major Vegetables (1624)  2015-03-24
On March 13, 2015, The Committee for Agricultural Stabilization on Supply and Demand under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) made a decision on standards of minimum price for contract faming in seven major vegetables such as radish, oriental cabbage, carrots, green onion..
 
Korean Government Reviews the Introduction of Trade Benefits Sharing System in Support of the Agricultural Sector (2064)  2015-03-24
On March 16, 2015, several Korean newspapers including Farmers Newspaper had reported that the Korean government is considering the introduction of trade benefits sharing system for compensating the damage in the agricultural sector after the launch of Korea-China FTA. Korean Agricultural Economi..
 
Korea and New Zealand Signed a Free Trade Agreement (1646)  2015-03-24
On March 23, 2015, President Park Geun-hye and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key held a summit in Seoul and signed the FTA deal of two nations. With the signing of the pact, New Zealand has become Korea’s 14th bilateral free trade partner. Source: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energ..
 
New farmers returning from urban area could receive a favorable loan up to 1 billion won ($US 0.9 million) starting July 1. 2015 in Korea (1622)  2015-03-16
On February 28, 2015, the Korean Government has submitted a revised bill on the agricultural credit guarantee law to the National Assembly, which allows new farmers who are returning from urban area to borrow money up to 1 billion won ($US 0.9 million) with the guarantee for bank loans utilizing the..
 
Persistent violators on the country of origin indication for agro-food products will receive an aggravated punishment in Korea (1538)  2015-03-16
On March 2, 2015, the Korean Supreme Court has made a revised regulation on weighing of an offense on food and, make an aggravated punishment for persistent violators who tamper with the country of origin labels for agro-food products. This is for prevention of the crime against food and public heal..
 
The 2nd basic plan for dietary life education for 2015 to 2019 has been published in Korea (1583)  2015-03-16
On March 3, 2015, the Korean government has approved a final draft on the 2nd basic plan for dietary life education from 2015 to 2019. It is for promoting public heath through appropriate diets.  The plan aims to contribute to enhancing the consumption of local foods. Source: Korea Rural Eco..
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