Agricultural Exports Increase Amid Epidemic

  • By Ahn Joong-hyeon

    September 04, 2020 11:52

    Korea's agricultural exports have risen even as overall shipments shrank due to the coronavirus epidemic.

    Agricultural exports rose 4.9 percent on-year in the period from January till August to US$4.85 billion, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Thursday.

    /Yonhap

    Overall exports shrank by 10.1 percent over the same period.

    Kimchi exports played a huge part, rising by a whopping 40.3 percent.

    "The increase is due chiefly to an increased worldwide interest in healthy fermented foods since the outbreak of coronavirus and to our development of new products like vegan kimchi," the ministry said.

    Exports of instant noodles also soared by 36.7 percent from a year earlier.

    The ministry said, "It seems that demand for easy-to-keep and easy-to-cook instant noodles has increased in worldwide lockdown."

    Influential marketers like YouTubers contributed significantly to the worldwide interest in Korean foods. 

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