The Rural Development Administration announced on the 29th that it is planning to cultivate its own developed “Asemi” rice for dry regions in Sharjah, a desert region of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This project is one of the agricultural technology cooperation projects discussed at the 2018 Korea-UAE summit, and the Rural Development Administration planted 'Asemi' on November 25 last year.
The Rural Development Administration's expected yield is 763kg per 10 acres (about 300 pyeong), which is 40% more than when the same variety was grown in Korea. The Rural Development Administration explained that it is the result of abundant insolation suitable for rice cultivation, proper nutrient input, and water management.
The Rural Development Administration operated a remote management system to check the weather, water management, and growth conditions in video and respond in a timely manner in a situation where access to the site was restricted due to the new coronavirus infection (Corona19).
However, the cost of seawater desalination required for rice production was about 20 million won based on 1 km2, but the rice production amount was about 5.65 million won, so securing economic feasibility remained a challenge. As a solution, groundwater utilization, planting timing change, and irrigation method change are being considered. The Rural Development Administration agreed with the UAE government to prepare for the second trial cultivation as the Corona 19 situation improved.
“When it is meaningful to confirm the possibility of rice cultivation in the desert and the sustainability of rice cultivation is secured through continuous follow-up tests, it will contribute to establishing a close cooperative relationship between the two countries,” said Kim Kyung-gyu, director of the government.
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