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Korea to transfer agricultural technology to Mongolia

The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MIFAFF) held the fourth meeting of the Korea-Mongolia committee for agricultural cooperation for two days on Jun. 3 and 4.

Korea and Mongolia first signed the Memorandum of Understanding on agricultural cooperation on Oct. 27, 2003 and since then have been holding irregular gatherings on technology transfer in related sectors.

Attending from Korea’s side were 10 representatives from MIFAFF, the Rural Development Administration, the Korea Food Research Institute, the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation and the Korea Foundation.

In the latest meeting, the two sides praised the progress made in the development project for eastern Mongolia, the establishment of a livestock disease control center, cooperation between agricultural cooperative federations and transfer of technology for glasshouse vegetable cultivation. The officials then agreed to continue technology transfers in other agricultural sectors, including those necessary to introduce a hygiene system for livestock.

Although agricultural trade between the two nations is still small in scale, Korea’s agriculture ministry believes that the effort will pay off in the long run, what with Mongolia’s vast agricultural and other natural resources, and at the same time contribute much to strengthening friendly ties between the two nations.

Ever since Korea became a member of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the agriculture ministry has been pursuing ways to advance Korean agriculture overseas and at the same time share some of its high-tech agricultural technology with developing countries, as a way to give back to the world and lift the country’s image.

By Kim Hee-sung Staff Writer

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