Korea and Qatar agree to set up smart farms in Middle East

Agriculture Minister Chung Hwang-keun has agreed with Qatar's Minister of Municipality Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie to launch Korea's cutting-edge smart farms in the Middle Eastern country to grow fresh produce in what is a desert country, according to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Wednesday.

Chung met Al Subaie in Doha and agreed to jointly pursue research and development to introduce smart farms to the country. Qatar has been seeking ways to domestically produce fresh vegetables, fruit, and livestock feed despite the unhospitable climate. Smart farms, the agriculture ministry said, are the very solution to the country's concerns.

Chung made a request to Al Subaie that Korean companies in the field of smart farms and related industries join Qatar's future initiatives in introducing the facilities locally. Chung, during the conversation, introduced Korea's "smart farm innovative valleys," R&D centers that teach about smart farm technologies and test the technologies' feasibility in local environments.

Read more at koreatimes.co.kr

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