Mandarin orange prices are falling, so growers are thinning out their orchards. Joseph Kim reports.
[slug] Aewol-eup, Jeju City
A roaring saw is cutting down a mandarin tree from its trunk.
Then the cut log is crushed in a wood chipper.
Half of the 600 trees in this farm are removed.
The densely packed mandarin farm now has space between the trees.
INTERVIEW Gang Sang-hoon / Mandarin grower At a high density orchard, it takes longer to spray pesticide and less light gets through. That’s why I decided to remove half of the trees. <인터뷰 : 강상훈 / 감귤농가> "밀식재배를 하면 약 칠 때도 불편하고, 햇빛도 덜 맞아서 간벌을 해야겠다고 생각했습니다."
Local farmers are removing half of their trees to reduce fruit production and improve quality.
<타가 IN> Enough area between trees allows sunlight to hit fruits, which increases their sugar content and decreases acidity.
The wind blowing between trees helps reduce the emergence of pests.
A reduced number of trees also means less work and lower maintenance costs. <타가 OUT>
[slug] Farming association joins mandarin cutting effort
As mandarin prices dropped eight percent, farmers chose to make efforts to improve competitiveness.
Recording Lee Gyeong-mi, Gang Deok-chan / Mandarin growers The responsibility to improve competitiveness lies with farming associations and growers. <싱크 : 이경미 강덕찬 / 감귤농가> "하나. 우리 감귤산업의 경쟁력을 높이는 길은 농업단체와 농가의 역할에 있으니."
[slug] Goal: reduce trees on 250ha of farms
This year's goal is to have 250 hectares of farms with a reduced number of mandarin trees.
The province has set up situation rooms and organized professional crews to aid farmers.
INTERVIEW Hyeon Deok-hyeon / Jeju Agricultural Research & Extension Services Professional crews are helping farmers cut and chip trees. This thinning is essential for producing quality fruit. <인터뷰 : 현덕현 / 제주도농업기술원 기술보급과장> "작업단에서 전체적으로 작업을 다 해주는 체제로 (운영되고 있습니다). 필수적으로 간벌이 이뤄져야 고품질 생산이 될 수 있습니다."
[Reporter] Joseph Kim [Camera] Hyeon Gwang-hoon
Along with the tree cutting, the province is planning to reform orchards to produce quality mandarins.