South Korea, DA in smart farming exchange program


The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has agreed to a smart farming exchange program with South Korea.

“The proposed program aims to develop young Filipino farmers to become smart farming leaders and empowered agricultural entrepreneurs and innovators through knowledge-exchange with Korean farmers and experts. It involves a season-long internship program in smart greenhouses and smart open farms in South Korea,” the DA said.

“The training will not just be in production but also marketing, sales, and processing. This will help the youth farmers become agripreneurs, and have their own farms and sell their own products. We will help them find their market,” Korea Agency of Education, Promotion, and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS) International Agricultural Cooperation Division Manager Yun Ju Hyun said in a statement.

EPIS and the Korea Rural Community Corp. have completed a pre-feasibility study on the internship program, the DA said.

The study recommended taking in young applicants with no background in agriculture in order to “encourage more youth to go into farming.”

The five-year program will also select 15 youth participants each year. The interns will undergo one month of training in the Philippines and be posted to Korean-funded smart greenhouses or smart open farms here, prior to a six-month internship in South Korea.

“The interns are then expected to apply their knowledge through a year of hands-on practice in local smart greenhouses or open farms after their internship,” the DA said.

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