S. Korea’s Hadong named FAO agricultural heritage system for tea-growing method
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization on Thursday designated a site in Hadong, a town in South Korea's South Gyeongsang Province, as one of its world agricultural heritage systems in recognition of the site's traditional tea-growing method that maintains biodiversity.
At a ceremony to mark the designation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) at the FAO headquarters in Rome, the FAO also added 13 other regions in China, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Sri Lanka to its world agricultural heritage list.
Hagae village in Hadong is the first South Korean tea-growing region to win GIAHS designation. Tea-growing regions in Japan's Shizuoka and two Chinese sites have been placed on the GIAHS list.
The GIAHS designation is designed to preserve traditional agricultural methods and biodiversity. On the present GIAHS list are 50 areas in 20 countries, including two other South Korean areas -- terraced rice paddies on Cheongsan Island, South Jeolla Province, and volcanic rock walls surrounding farming fields on Jeju Island.
Since 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Hadong municipality led a successful campaign to obtain the designation.
During Thursday's ceremony, Hadong chief Youn Sang-ki said, "The designation will be a stepping stone to worldwide promotion of the brand of Hadong's traditional tea that is traced back to the ancient Korean kingdom of Silla (57 B.C.- A.D. 935)."
According to Youn, Hadong tea has been gaining popularity in and out of South Korea, with the tea supplied to Starbucks Corp. of the United States.
Source: Yonhap News Agency