Kwon Do-ha, director of the KOPIA Laos Center, said, "Actively strive for the achievement of the KOPIA promotion project."

오재경 Oh Jae-Gyung
17 May 2024

- Hello. Congratulations on your inauguration as the director of the Laos Center at KOPIA. After studying at Seoul National University, he is known as an agricultural expert who devoted his life to agriculture, including the Rural Development Administration. First of all, please tell us how you feel about your inauguration.

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▲ As a public official in the agricultural sector, I worked for local rural development institutions and rural development offices for about 35 years and retired in 2022. I accepted retirement as the meaning of resting from now on and handing over jobs to young people because I have worked all my life, but I applied for the KOPIA Center with the idea of working more while retirees can still afford to contribute, such as the KOPIA Center. I arrived in Laos in April when it was the hottest, and I was worried about how long I could endure here, but after about a month, the temperature is falling slightly and I am gradually adjusting to life in Laos. 

- What is KOPIA like and what role should the KOPIA Laotia Center play in particular?

▲ The KOPIA Center was established in developing countries by the Rural Development Administration of Korea, a central organization responsible for agricultural research and technology dissemination. Since 2009, the KOPIA Center has been established and operated in a total of 22 countries including Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The role of the KOPIA Center is to transfer Korea's advanced agricultural technologies to developing countries. To this end, the Rural Development Administration and the Central Agricultural Research Institute of developing countries will work together to develop and disseminate agricultural technologies suitable for the climatic conditions and conditions of the country, improve the income of farmers, and further promote agricultural development in developing countries.

- Please let us know if you have any future work or plans for the KOPIA Laos Center.

▲The KOPIA Laos Center is currently promoting four projects. All projects are carried out in cooperation with the Laos Agricultural Research Institute (NAFRI), the central research institute in Laos. Two projects are being carried out in the food crop field with the Rice Research Institute under NAFRI. In the meantime, four types of rice varieties developed by NAFRI-KOPIA have been registered as recommended items in Laos. One project is to expand and distribute new climate-resistant rice varieties to farms, and one is a rice package project that comprehensively supports rice seed production, infrastructure creation, production technology input, and post-harvest management technology.

In the vegetable sector, we are carrying out a project to develop management technology after harvesting and producing chives with the Horticultural Research Institute under NAFRI, and in the fruit field, we are carrying out a project to improve mandarin productivity with the Highland Agricultural Research Institute.

- Please tell us why you became an agricultural expert and what you have accomplished so far.

▲ As I was born and raised in a rural area, I naturally went to a vocational high school and an agricultural college, and even after graduation, I became involved in the agricultural field. Now that it's been two months, it's absurd to talk about achievements so far. There are nine local people working together in our center. I will try to live happily as a KOPIA family with them so that the KOPIA Laos business can produce fruitful results. Thank you.

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With a rice research institute researcher during the rice quantity survey (third from the right, director of KOPIA Laos Center Kwon Do-ha)

Dryer test operation

Rice package business 'training on how to operate a dryer'

Rice waiting to be dried

With the staff of KOPIA Laos Center

Interview after supplying rice seeds

Training of farmers at workplaces

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