South Korean pilot smart farm constructed in Kazakhstan

South Korea's greenhouse-like 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.

The completion ceremony of the South Korean 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.

"This 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 Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said. 

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. 

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