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    The South Korean Government is giving continued aid to South Vietnam through the Korean Agricultural-Technical mission based in Saigon.

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    The South Korean Government is giving continued aid to South Vietnam through the Korean Agricultural-Technical mission based in Saigon.

    The Mission was organised in March 1967, with financial aid from the United States Agency for International Development and the South Korean Government. From 1973, the South Korean Government is assuming full financial responsibility for running the mission.

    Up until 1970, the Mission was involved in improving crop cultivation methods, training local mechanics and farmers on new agricultural machinery, improving South Vietnam's fishing with updated boats, introducing refrigerated fish-storage facilities, and the design, construction and operation of irrigation and drainage projects.

    Since 1971, the South Korean Mission has been assisting the South Vietnamese Government in its first five-year rural development plan. The Mission now has ten irrigation engineers, three research agronomists, two machinery specialists and one administrative officer.

    Much of the Mission's work had bene on irrigation development, including planning more than one-hundred water projects. The Van Kinh Dam project featured in this film was started in December last year and should be competed by October this year. It will irrigate 2,700 hectares (about 6,700 acres) of rice land.

    At Dalat, the South Korean Mission is conducting a research programme on deciduous fruit trees. A total of 645 plants of eight-one varieties -- including peach, plum, persimmon, cherry, apple and pear -- were introduced from Korea to test their suitability.

    At Phan Rang, a total of thirty grape varieties have been introduced from foreign countries, several of which are considered promising.

    Tropical fruit production -- including Bananas and papaya -- is also being improved.

    SYNOPSIS: The South Korean government is continuing its aid to South Vietnam through the Korean Agricultural-Technical Mission, a sixteen-man organisation helping the war-torn country to implement its first five-year rural development plan. From its base in Saigon, the Mission is concentrating much of its aid on irrigation and drainage projects.

    Ten irrigation engineers with the Mission are currently supervision the construction of the Van Kinh Dam, a major project started last December and due for completion in October this year. It will irrigate about 6,700 acres of rice land.

    The South Korean Mission was organized in 1967. Initially the Mission received financial assistance from the United States government, but this year the South Koreans took over the full running cost of the operation.

    At Dalat, the South Korean Mission is conducting a research programme on deciduous fruit trees -- eight-one varieties in all, including peach, cherry, apple and pear. Persimmon are considered a likely crop for South Vietnam.

    The head of the South Korean Mission is Mr. Sang In Suh, an experienced agricultural adviser. An irrigation specialist with the team, Mr. Chung Jae Lee, is supervising research into tropical fruits, including bananas, mangoes and oranges.

    At Phan Rang, a total of thirty grape varieties have been introduced from foreign countries, with several varieties showing good results.

    The Mission's work in South Vietnam will continue under a recently-signed cooperation agreement.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA22WD44WIJHG9V1CSV5MW1Q3Z9
    Media URN:
    VLVA22WD44WIJHG9V1CSV5MW1Q3Z9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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