Two representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) were at Lincoln University for two weeks to take part in a training course in pasture development and seed production.
Director in the Department of Pasture Reclamation and Utilisation, Mr Im Tae Yong, and senior officer of the External Cooperation Department, Mr Jon Jong Nam, were here on the invitation of Lincoln University’s professor of seed technology, John Hampton, who arranged the visit and the two-week course through the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The North Korean government has decided to convert around 50,000 hectares of native vegetation into pasture for feeding sheep, goats, cattle and rabbits. Part of this development includes a pilot programme supported by the FAO.
“Current knowledge of pastures and pasture seed production is quite low in North Korea,” says Professor Hampton. “New Zealand, on the other hand, is internationally recognised for the quality of its pasture-based primary industries. As such, the representatives from the North Korean Ministry of Agriculture are here to gain a better understanding of how we do things, with an eye to ascertaining what species and methods would be appropriate for their environment.”
As well as Professor Hampton, the course was taught by Dr Phil Rolston of AgResearch, Keith Armstrong of Global Oats Ltd, and Dr John Stevens of Flexiseeder Ltd.
Material supplied by Lincoln University.