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South Korean rice farmers' groups are demanding more protection
South Korean rice farmers' groups are demanding more protection and state subsidies as the country moves to open the domestic market wider to imports, the government said Friday.

The clamor comes as the government is in the process of asking lawmakers to agree to a deal that will allow direct sale of foreign rice before the end of September.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the country's three largest farmers' groups - the Korean Advanced Farmers Federation, the Korea Catholic Farmers Movement and the Korean Peasants League - have called on the government to maintain at least 10 million seok of rice in the country's strategic reserve to deal with unexpected developments. One seok is equal to 144 kilograms of rice.

The demand was made at a meeting Thursday between the government and the groups' representatives.

The groups' demands also include the provision of a minimum 1.3 million won (US$1,270) in state support to a farmer for raising 1 hectare of rice instead of the 600,000 won outlined in the present law.

In response, Vice Agriculture Minister Lee Myung-soo said the government will take into consideration the requests, and agreed to explore 20 key proposals by farmers that include closer monitoring of imported rice.
MGR Archive 8.8.2005
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