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South Korea is stockpiling cabbage, but why?

SEOUL: The makers of the special dish Kimchi in South Korea are facing trouble these days, and the South Korean government is planning to stockpile the cabbages.

Cabbage-based kimchi is a favorite among South Koreans, with prices rising this year due to climate change-induced declines in cabbage production.

While a large number of Koreans make this spicy pickled dish a part of their diet on a daily basis, the preparation of this dish has decreased considerably due to the scarcity of cabbage nowadays.

A foreign news agency According to the report Considering this situation, the South Korean government has recently started work on a major project to store cabbage.

In this regard, two large warehouses will be constructed to store cabbage, these warehouses will be built on 9 thousand 900 square meters in Gosan and Hanem areas.

The size of the said warehouses will be equal to 3 football fields where 10 thousand tons of cabbage and 50 tons of pickled cabbage will be stored on a daily basis. The construction of these warehouses will cost approximately 58 billion won ($40 million) and will be completed by 2025.

Korean kimchi makers are hoping the government's plan will at least prevent home-grown producers from losing further ground.

Ahn Ik-jin, chief executive of kimchi-making company Cheongon Organic, says, “We used to buy cabbage in June and then store it later in view of the increase in cabbage prices, but this year we have already stocked up.” it is finished.

“We used to produce 15 tons of kimchi per day but now we are only producing 10 tons or less,” he said. The company has had to raise the price of its kimchi by two-thirds to 5,000 won ($3.5) per kilogram.

To tackle a kimchi crisis, South Korea banks on massive cabbage warehouses  Tuoi Tre News

The government cannot take immediate steps to supply cabbage at a cheap price to the local people who make the kimchi dish.

In recent years, heavy rains caused by climate change have damaged the cabbage crops, resulting in a significant reduction in supply.

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