The Korean Project on International Agriculture (Kopia) Center in the Philippines, which is hosted by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), is expected to intensify its efforts to improve rice varieties and cultivation in the country with the appointment of its fourth director.
Incoming Kopia Director Dr. Yang Wonha said that the goal of his stay in the Philippines is to help Filipino farmers increase their income, and he promised to do his best for the agency.
“The Philippines has a good condition [for rice production]. We will help you achieve rice self-sufficiency,” Yang said during the ceremonies for the assumption of his position.
Before joining Kopia, Yang was the head of the Chuncheon substation of the National Institute of Crop Science of Rural Development Association (RDA)-Korea. His main work involved research on rice cultivation technique in direct seeding and machine transplanting; rice stress physiology on effect of water temperature to rice plant and rice cultivation and production.
South Korea, despite having limited lands to till for farming, is rice self-sufficient and exports many types of agricultural commodities. It has one of the most modernized agriculture sectors in Asia.
Three directors preceded Yang since the establishment of Kopia-Philippines in September 2012 through a memorandum of agreement signed by RDA-Korea and the Department of Agriculture. They are Dr. Kim, Jae-Duk; Dr. Lee, Sang-Guie; and Dr. Lee, Jeong-Taek whose term ended this month.