Vertical farms to transform agricultural promotion zones in Korea

Published on April 12, 2023

In an ambitious move to increase the smart agriculture penetration rate to 30% of agricultural production by 2027, the Korean government plans to establish a system that enables the installation of vertical smart farms within agricultural promotion zones. This initiative will require overcoming the current land-use restrictions that typically limit development and construction projects in these designated areas.

To achieve this goal, the government will introduce the “Smart Agriculture Promotion Act” within the year, aimed at updating the existing land-use regulations to accommodate the implementation of vertical smart farms in agricultural promotion zones. The Act will address the concerns related to land-use restrictions while ensuring that these innovative farming facilities align with the goals of promoting sustainable agriculture and preserving agricultural land.

In addition to the development of vertical smart farms, the government will construct a cutting-edge, 100-hectare greenhouse for agricultural management and smart agriculture companies by 2027. This state-of-the-art facility will serve as a hub for research, development, and implementation of advanced farming technologies, further solidifying Korea’s position at the forefront of agricultural innovation.

The integration of vertical smart farms and advanced greenhouse facilities within agricultural promotion zones has the potential to revolutionize the industry by increasing efficiency, reducing the environmental impact of traditional farming, and promoting sustainable practices. Vertical farming allows for year-round crop cultivation, using significantly less land, water, and energy resources compared to conventional agriculture.

Source: Vertical Farm Daily