In South Korea, Wando Agricultural Research and Extension Services and the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation have created a banana farm on 2,000 m2 of land. Wando County, located on the southernmost tip of the Korean peninsula, is warmer in the winter, which means cost savings when it comes to keeping greenhouses warm.
Last February, the county selected the farmers that would grow the bananas, setting up the greenhouses and planting 450 banana trees in October. The greenhouses will maintain a temperature of 22oCelsius at all times, allowing bananas to be grown and harvested within a single year.
Imported bananas take more than a month to enter South Korea, requiring long hours of transportation as well as chemical processing for quarantine. So while Korean bananas cost twice as much as imported bananas, their freshness and safety will make them a competitive choice.