S. Korea constructs pilot smart farm in Kazakhstan

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : October 29, 2021, 10:18 Updated : November 15, 2021, 15:40

[Courtesy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs]

SEOUL -- South Korea's greenhouse-type smart farm optimized for tough climate environments was constructed in Kazakhstan where dry grasslands and deserts occupy most of the country. The smart farm was designed to promote South Korea's equipment, manpower and technologies, and also as a demonstration site for potential foreign buyers based in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

A smart farm is an automated indoor farm created by combining information and communication technology (ICT) with agriculture. Because smart farms can automatically analyze the temperature, humidity and amount of sunlight using the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, farmers can grow plants without having to worry about weather conditions. Remote management is also possible through mobile devices such as smartphones. Smart farms can help reduce labor costs and increase productivity.

The completion ceremony of the South Korean-type smart farm was held on October 28 in Almaty, Kazakhstan's heart of trade, the agriculture ministry said in a statement. The smart farm that can withstand heavy rain and snow will be used to stably grow Kazakhstan's favorite vegetables including tomatoes and cucumbers.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it will accelerate the promotion of South Korea's agriculture technology in foreign countries in northern regions. Kazakhstan's national agricultural institute personnel will be allowed to use the pilot greenhouse so that local college students and farmers can learn about South Korea's smart farm technology.

The Rural Development Administration, a state agricultural research institution in South Korea, is targeting the Middle East market with cooling house-type smart farms that can protect crops from extreme heat. In 2019, South Korea and the UAE agreed to jointly research rice cultivation techniques in the desert and smart greenhouse cooling systems.
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