Dear Subscribers of Korea Agrafood magazine! The year of 2018 has come. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, aT takes its first steps toward the next half century. We will look back, to learn from the path we have walked, and ahead, to do our best for the future of Korean agriculture.
We will spare no effort to cultivate overseas markets for Korean agro-fishery products. We also plan to improve our business methods in order for exports to contribute more to the raising of farmers’ incomes. For Korea—which has free trade agreements with China, the US, and other countries—securing the agricultural competitiveness is not an option, it is a requirement in this era of globalization. To export means to have confidence in the competitiveness of our products and to have a stable domestic market. Rather than simply aiming for a particular export amount, we must see agricultural exports as an alternative and new direction for the development of our agriculture and fisheries. aT will reform systems to concentrate its support on the products using fresh agricultural produce and domestic ingredients, in order to strengthen the link between exports and farmers’ incomes.
In addition, we will diversify our export markets, widen them from China to Southeast Asia, South America, and other regions, discover more promising products, and continue to remove non-tariff barriers. In the long term, aT will help small and medium sized enterprises to nurture their own ability to develop markets and increase competitiveness of their products. We will build up our expertise to provide consistent support in all export-related processes, such as production, processing, packaging, and customs clearance, and look for other ways to connect supply, demands, and distribution in the domestic market to exports.
I hope all of us realize our plans for this year and wish our readers health and happiness.
Lee Hyun Woo firstname.lastname@example.org
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