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Moon invites farmers to mark Farmers Day at Cheong Wa Dae

All News 16:37 November 10, 2020

SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in has invited farmers to Cheong Wa Dae this week to celebrate Farmers Day with a special event featuring premium varieties of rice, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

The event on Wednesday will be the first time in 17 years that a president has formally marked Farmers Day, which falls on Nov. 11, according to Cheong Wa Dae deputy spokesperson Lim Se-eun.

This photo shows President Moon Jae-in speaking at a meeting with his senior aides at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Nov. 9, 2020. (Yonhap)

"President Moon Jae-in has stressed that the future of farming and fishing villages is in fact the future of the Republic of Korea," Lim said.

Through the event, the president intends to boost the morale of farmers who have been hit by the effects of flooding, African swine fever and the coronavirus pandemic this year, and recognize their role as the nation's producers of safe food, Lim said.

Cheong Wa Dae, which used to be part of Gyeongbok Palace, has historical significance as a venue because it was from there that past kings oversaw the nation's harvests by personally planting crops from all eight provinces in a field, according to the spokesperson.

For lunch on Wednesday, Moon will be served a special mixture of premium varieties of rice from all eight provinces.

Five thousand packs of the mixture will be sold live on a TV shopping channel, weighing 5 kilograms each.

The event will also open with a video message from David Beasley, chief of the United Nations World Food Programme, winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

In the video, Beasley will express his gratitude to South Korea for its support for the organization, Lim said.

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