South Jeolla Province is eager to seek cooperative exchanges with Sri Lanka in the environmentally-friendly agriculture, culture, tourism and youth sectors.
The province announced that Woo Ki-jong, vice governor of South Jeolla Province met Athuraliye Rathana, a politician in Sri Lanka at the provincial government building on February 2 to discuss cooperative exchange plans.
They agreed to share Korea’s farming technology, which is needed in Sri Lanka, and cultural policies of the two countries, and develop tourism products alongside sea, establishing a cooperative relationship.
At the meeting, Rathana expressed hope for the partnership with South Jeolla Province, which has organic farming technology, saying, “Sri Lanka is very interested in environmentally-friendly development policies in order to reduce the use of synthesized fertilizers and toxic pesticides and develop organic farming.”
In this regard, Vice Governor Woo said, “After carrying out organic farming policies, South Jeolla Province accounted for 49 percent in the nation’s lands with organic and pesticide-free certifications in 2015, establishing its image as the primary shoot of organic farming in Korea. Moreover, the ecosystem has been restored so that the longtail tadpole shrimp, which was selected as an endangered species by the Ministry of Environment, can be found in many regions in the province. As more and more farmers have been pursuing organic farming, their incomes have also grown.”