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South Korea: Greenhouse sector study

The production under protective cover in South Korea is about 52,000HA consisting of 50,000 single plastic tunnels; 1,700HA multi-span plastic greenhouses and 300HA of glasshouses. The main vegetable products are paprika,tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries; the production of sweet pepper has also been developing over the last decade.

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Of the 52,000HA plastic multi-span greenhouse and 300HA glasshouse can be considered modern facilities for crop growth with climate control. Due to subsidy policies of the past, growers formed associations of 3-5 growers to invest in production facilities. Although the growers have learned a lot about plant physiology, climate control and operating the equipment, their knowledge still needs to be improved to yield a higher level of production with better product knowledge.

South Korea started exporting its products, mostly to Japan, in 1998. While the export of tomatoes and cucumber decreased after 2001, the export of sweet peppers and other vegetables is booming.

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YH Moon,
Korea aT Center
tel : +31-10-415-1024
fax : +31-10-462-1271
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Publication date: 3/26/2010
Author: Nichola Watson


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