Final List for ‘Kimchi Ingredient Supply Complex’ project was Selected
Public Relations Division
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Minister Chung Hwang-keun, MAFRA) announced that it selected Goesan-gun and Haenam-gun as the final list for the 「Kimchi Ingredient Supply Complex」 project. The project aims to create a stable procurement system for Kimchi ingredients by building large-scale low-temperature storage and safe, sanitary production facilities of pickled cabbages.
Goesan-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do for the central region, and Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do for the southern region were finally selected in consideration of ingredient supply capacity and accessibility to other regions. The project will implement a budget of KRW 58 billion over the next four years from 2022 to 2025. * A total of KRW 29 billion per location (State funds 40%, local funds 60%)
The project will provide a financial support for designing the complex, building production lines, and purchase of facilities and equipment. Relevant local governments will provide a site to build the complex and support operation and maintenance costs after completion of the complex.
Key tasks of the complex are as follows.
First, the complex will serve as a stable storage and balance supply and demand for Kimchi businesses by establishing facilities capable to fully store 10,000 tons of cabbages.
Second, the complex will build facilities capable to process 50 tons of pickled cabbages per day. To maximize its utilization and profits, it will sign a MOU and build partnership with restaurants, catering companies and consumer groups as well as Kimchi businesses.
Third, the complex will improve recycling efficiency and prepare for unstable salt supply by building facilities* to reuse salt and water consumed for salting cabbages. * 70% of the salt contained in the salted water can be recycled if using the facilities
Fourth, the complex will organize and operate support organizations to enhance brand values and jointly purchase materials so that Kimchi processing companies improve business management conditions.
The four-year project will be implemented by staring basic and detailed design in 2022. In 2023, its site assembly will be performed. In 2024, facilities will be built, and equipment be purchased. In 2025, the complex will start a pilot operation after installing the equipment.
Yang Ju-phil, Head of Food Industry Policy Bureau of MAFRA said, “we hope that Kimchi produced under excellent conditions will solidify its status as a major K-food item with this project,” stressing that “moving forward, we will continue to expand the project to other regions after reviewing project outcome in the selected two regions and industry conditions.”