A Korean businessman is hoping to educate emerging local farmers about good agricultural practices through a small fruit and vegetable garden he created last year.
P&A Corp. president Hong Kyun Kim said in an interview that the garden, located next to the post office in Chalan Kanoa, measures less than 1,000 square meters and aims to determine the kind of produce that can be grown on island.
Kim said he first started his garden about two years ago, which resulted in harvest that was neither sweet nor tasty, hence the need to experiment with the kind of crop that's best suited for the islands.
He said the garden currently grows cucumber, tomato, watermelon, and eggplant, all of which were planted three months ago. Harvest period is expected in the next two months, added Kim.
Should the experiment prove successful, Kim said they plan to coordinate with local farmers and share their practices and produce then later expand it to other islands.
Besides the garden, Kim said their company also embarked upon a business involving value-added products made locally.
He said they already began production of mango and noni juices, which he noted is still also on the experimental stage.
Additionally, they already introduced in the market their very own coconut oil, which is very popular among tourists.
Kim underscored the potential of the CNMI's agriculture industry and called on all local formers to develop value-added products from their own crops.