Other ventures by the city to promote rice consumption include establishing an eco-friendly rice production complex, expanding the sales network and support for Gyeongbokgung Rice, and launching field study programs for students. (image: KobizMedia/ Korea Bizwire)
Despite being the most crowded city in Korea, Seoul is still home to 602 rice farms.
By Korea Bizarre
October 10, 2016
In 2015, some 3.49 million square meters of land were devoted to rice farming in Korea’s capital, producing 1,805 tons of rice, which roughly equals the total daily consumption of the city’s population of 10 million – given that the average rice consumption per capita is 172.3 grams per day (2015).
Of the rice farmed in Seoul, 54 percent was sold to retail franchises, 26 percent to the government, and 15 percent directly to consumers. The rest was consumed by the farmers themselves.
Despite a decline in the number of rice farms in Seoul, from 792 in 2013 to 670 in 2014, the government has taken a number of different steps to support urban farming.
Among them is Gyeongbokgung Rice, the official brand of the city’s rice produce, named after the Joseon Dynasty palace Gyeongbokgung. A trademark application for the brand was filed with the Korea Intellectual Property Office in July.