The Korea Rural Community Corp. (KRC) is working hard to create a comprehensive, state-of-the-art water management system in a bid to more effectively secure water resources for agricultural use.
The need for effective water management has grown in recent years in line with increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. Korea has seen a steady drop in its annual rainfall over the past few years, making it a top priority to secure enough water for agricultural purposes.
“The KRC has been supplying clean water for agricultural use in a reliable manner throughout its 107-year history,” KRC CEO Lee Sang-mu said. “We have built solid foundations for the nation’s sustainable agricultural production. KRC makes every effort to secure ample water resources and modernize its water management system.”
Lee said the state-run rural development agency will continue to strengthen its expertise in water management against the increasingly unfavorable weather conditions.
“In recent years, Korea has been suffering from drought rather than floods amid accelerating global climate change. So it is ever more important for us to secure a substantial quantity of water for our farmers,” the CEO said. “Using weather data, we will take preemptive measures to have enough water so that farmers don’t have to worry about water when growing their crops.”
In 2014, Korea had 50 percent less annual rainfall than the previous year and things have not improved much in the first three months of this year. In particular, the drought has been severe in the provinces of Gyeonggi, Chungcheong, and Gangwon.
Despite the declining precipitation, farmers across the country have not suffered from a water shortage, thanks to KRC’s efficient water management.
The company has been trying to integrate two management systems ― one to oversee agricultural water and the other to manage rural infrastructure.
“When we combine the two systems into one and introduce the latest information technology, we will be better able to manage water resources and related facilities,” Lee said. “We started the integration process last year and expect to complete it in a year or two. We will provide the public more extensive information on what we do.”
The KRC established a comprehensive water management control room at its headquarters in Naju, South Jeolla Province, in September. Employees monitor the quantities of water in reservoirs and pumping stations across the country 24 hours a day.
Lee said it has become more important to systematically manage agricultural water. “The stable supply of water for agricultural use is important for producing crops and other produce. “We will boost our capability to deal with unusual weather conditions amid global warming.”
The KRC plans to showcase its water management knowhow during the seventh World Water Forum in Daegu and Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, on April 12-17.