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S. Korea Takes Part in Shrimp Farming Project in Sahara Desert
2011.07.01 14:12:07 | 2011.07.01 15:11:24
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By 2014, there will be a new technology that allows marine shrimp farming in the middle of the Sahara desert. South Korea is the main leader of this project, as it agreed to funnel its technology and capital into the desert-based cultivation of shrimp.

This shrimp farming project is part of the economic cooperation partnership between Korea and Algeria, and the success of the project can further cement bilateral relations. The shrimp farming project in Algeria’s Saharan desert had officially begun on May 20th, said the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF).

Shrimps are popular food ingredients for high-end dishes in the region, and prices generally run steep.

The Korean government has enlisted the help of the National Fisheries Research & Development Institute (NFRD) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to supply manpower and technology to build a shrimp farm in the middle of the world’s largest desert.

Algeria’s portion of the Sahara desert has an extensive underground water source beneath its sand layers, with a salt concentration of 4~5%. This will facilitate replication of the marine environment for the shrimp farm.

The project consists of building a research center and facilitating technology transfer. The commercially produced shrimps may be able to hit the markets by 2014, at the earliest.

The success of bringing marine farming, which usually takes place in rivers or oceans, to the world’s largest desert will also help further the reputation of Korea as the main hand behind the Saharan miracle.

[Written by Ki-chang Lee - Samji Chung / edited by Soyoung Chung]





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