|▲ Eco Farm City / CEO Ko Duk-sang|
Ko Duk-sang, CEO of an agricultural corporation Eco Farm City, has been researching eco-friendly farming methods for over 20 years. As a result, he developed the KDS Convergence Agriculture. This method is the 6th agriculture that converges the primary industry such as agriculture, the secondary industry of manufacturing and processing, and the tertiary industry which is the service industry. Unlike conventional farming methods, KDS is characterized by all-in-one cultivation, production, processing, manufacturing, sales, and distribution using the principle of nature and science, and with cutting edge facilities and farming technologies. Eco Farm City is directly exporting eco-friendly, pesticide-free mineral foods such as Korean ginseng, premium red ginseng, and bellflower extract to the world. Activa-driven water is used to produce, process and manufacture anion, mineral activated water, and Activa 2000 that are being sold home and abroad.
Eco Farm City has been preparing to create an Eco Farm City of about 396,694 square meters, starting with a cutting-edge smart farm plant factory. Eco Farm City, located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, plans to build an eco-friendly smart farm ginseng plant factory, a rural housing complex, a nature healing center, a convention trade center, and an eco-friendly agricultural product exhibition hall. CEO Ko Duk-sang says “We plan to realize the government’s IT and BT convergence ‘future growth industry’ such as a smart farm fully automated system that will drive job creation for youth, work-life balance, and an income business platform for a local self-supporting economy.”
Eco Farm City and the Defense Information Portal to create Korea’s first eco-farm city
Providing the best support service at an affordable price
Eco Farm City and the Defense Information Portal are promoting the creation of 30 eco-farm cities for the first time in Korea. This project provides the best location conditions, high-end residential facilities, convenience facilities, and move-in funds to military service members who have dedicated themselves to the country and the people, as well as reservists who are expected to be discharged from the military, and their families at an affordable price. The details include ‘processing factory construction’, ‘large smart farm cultivation complex’, ‘fixed income of 3.5 million won’, ‘90% of pre-sale amount repaid in 30 years without interest’, ‘100% consignment cultivation of plant factory growers’, ‘top-class housing construction’ (84m²)’. The Defense Information Portal plans to actively cooperate and promote the agricultural technology education program and the establishment of a profitable autonomous community for active-duty executives, those who are expected to be discharged from the military, and reservists. The 100 expert group is to provide knowledge on financial economy, social culture, employment, start-up, law, tax, and many more. The Defense Information Portal is also responsible for establishing branches in each region and actively participating in sales and education. An official of the Defense Information Portal says that they plan to actively promote the services provided by Eco Farm City through the platform, web, and app.
Eco Farm City receives SMEs and Startups Ministerial Prize at Innovation Winner 2022
“We will do our best to become an agricultural corporation that fulfills its social responsibilities”
Eco Farm City, which has been recognized for this contribution, received SMEs and Startups Ministerial Prize at the Innovation Winner 2022, held on October 27 at the Seoul Press Center. The Innovation Winner awards hosted by Herald is to discover and encourage small and medium-sized enterprises that will become the source of the next-generation growth engine and the leading role in the creation of an advanced Korea. The awards is supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Ministry of SMEs and Startups, Korea SMEs and Startups Agency, Korea Commission for Corporate Partnership, and National Assembly Trade, Industry, Energy, SMEs, and Startups Committee. The winners were selected through a rigorous screening process, including the submission of documents and a detailed review by a panel of judges for each category, after a preliminary investigation period of about two months. The evaluation was conducted in a way of giving a total of 500 points to 12 items in four areas: ▲Corporate management ▲R&D ▲Productivity and quality improvement ▲Corporate performance and value creation. CEO Ko Duk-sang said “Eco Farm City is a future-oriented social enterprise that is a joint council of people who love nature and farms. We will do our best to become an agricultural corporation that fulfills its social responsibilities and develops together through sharing with the local community.“
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