Dispatched this year to promising export markets, teams of the Agrifood Frontier Leader Organization (AFLO) have surpassed expectations, achieving the first sales of processed rice products to Italy, export of kimchi to India, and other impressive results.
MAFRA (the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs) and aT (Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corp.) hosted a session to report on the achievements of AFLO in the first term of its activities. The session was held at the aT Center in Yangjae-dong, Seoul on August 28. Starting from May, the first batch of AFLO teams were dispatched for three months to five promising export markets including India, South Africa, and Brazil and engaged in pioneering local markets with Korean agricultural products.
AFLO members gave presentations on their results. Jo Sang-woo, who worked in South Africa, strove to connect Yonsei Dairy to South African buyers. His contribution landed Korean soy milk in SPAR stores, the largest local distributor. Kim Bo-go, who was sent to India, carried out a kimchi-exporting project with Daesang, which resulted in Korean kimchi passing clearance of Indian customs for the first time. Kim Seon-gyeong, dispatched to Italy, played a supporting role in negotiations between Gwangcheon Laver and Italian buyers, which led to a successful sales contract.
aT Director in charge of food exports, Baek Jin-seok, said, “I’m pleased that AFLO Term 1 members achieved results beyond our expectations.” He added, “I hope this project helps both to open overseas sales routes for Korean farm food and to provide young people with job opportunities in international markets.”
Based on the evaluation of AFLO Term 1’s activities, the Grand Prize (KRW 1 million) was given to Kim Seon-gyeong and the Excellence Awards (500,000 won each) were presented to Ham Si-hong and Lee Tae-hee. Kim Bo-go, Noh Yong-jin, and Jo Sang-woo received Participation Awards (300,000 won each). The awardees will receive additional credits if they apply for regular job positions in aT.
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