South Korea's response to climate change: Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do, establishes banana production base
Innovation & Technology
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Published Nov 29, 2023
Hwasun-gun in Jeollanam-do, South Korea, is building a production base for bananas in response to climate change. The goal is to establish an income source as the domestic climate becomes more subtropical. The investment will support general and youth farms, and a 3.25-hectare banana glass greenhouse will be constructed to produce high-quality bananas. By using banana farming by-products as feed for Korean beef, the local government aims to reduce livestock management costs and introduce a banana Korean beef brand. They also anticipate that banana cultivation will be advantageous in rural areas with limited labor availability.
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The purpose is to preemptively create an income base as the domestic climate is gradually showing characteristics of a subtropical climate. Hwasun-gun plans to invest 3.6 billion won to support three general farms and four youth farms and build a 3.25 ha banana glass greenhouse. The military expects to be able to produce high-quality bananas through the semi-permanent glass greenhouse. In addition, in connection with Korean beef farms, we plan to use banana farming by-products as Korean beef feed to reduce livestock management costs and launch a banana Korean beef brand. The military predicted that bananas would be advantageous in rural areas where labor is scarce as they are easier to maintain than apple mangoes and require lower labor costs. A military official said, “We ...