South Korea is exploring new tropical fruit crops as it looks ahead to the future impact of climate change.
Korean research institute, the Rural Development Administration, is cultivating 42 tropical plants and vegetables at its greenhouse in Jejudo to determine which will be the most profitable, reports the Korea Herald.
“Most of the tropical fruits and vegetables under research here come from Southeast Asia as well as parts of Central America,” an official from the greenhouse said. “When Korea’s tropical plants business takes off, local customers will be able to purchase locally grown tropical fruits and vegetables that are fresher and cheaper than their imported counterparts.”
The warming climate in Korea has already seen some Korean farmers in Jejudo switched to tropical crops, the news site reports.