As the global economy has started to worry about 'growth' and 'environment' at the same time, our administration has promoted 'Low Carbon, Green Growth' as the nation's future vision. Agriculture is not only an essential industry that supports food production for mankind's survival, but also it provides the appropriate roles for the protection of the environment and leads to establishing green industry to balance the environmental processes such as supplying oxygen and preserving ecosystem biodiversity.
Rural Development Administration(RDA) was established in 1962 as a matrix of encouragement model of industry, and it has contributed to the development of Korean Agriculture such as 'Green Revolution' for self-sufficiency in staple grains, and has led 'White Revolution' to enjoy fresh vegetables in four seasons. However, Korean agriculture has had a harder time than ever, under the rough agricultural market-opening pressure through FTA(Free Trade Agreement) after the Uruguay round came out
Making a proactive stance, RDA has focused its effort for the improvement and advancement of Korean agriculture despite existence of non-favorable market environment and pressure.
NAS under RDA consists of 6 departments and 1 center, with 508 staff and serves for various research & development undertakings all over the country, guided by the national agricultural directions.
Firstly,The Department of Agricultural Environment carries out the research for a healthy environment for agricultural production, and preserving the national land protecting its environment such as technology development for renewable bio-energy production, a countermeasure for climate change.
Secondly,The Department of Agricultural Biology focuses on capability enhancement in crop protection and product diversification such as prevention of diseases and insect pests in crops, synthetic management of weeds, insect industrialization towards blue ocean improvement, and development of high-technology food & drug materials like artificial bones using silkworm and beekeeping.
Thirdly,The Department of Agro-food Safety makes an effort for nation's safety and health such as skills enhancement on producing safe agricultural products, development of organic farming techniques, and detection and removal of hazardous substances like heavy metals.
Fourthly,The Department of Agricultural Engineering performs automation and robotization for producing, processing, and distributing of agricultural products, development of new renewable energy, and research on prevention of and safety from agricultural disasters.
Fifthly,The Department of Biotechnology focuses on developing new crops using high bio-technological engineering, analyzing dielectric substances for agricultural use, and safety management of GMO agricultural products.
Sixthly,The Department of Agro-food Resources makes the hardest effort in developing techniques for carving out global markets through standardization and science-based advancement of Korean traditional foods.
And lastly,The National Agrobiodiversity Center sincerely carries out its own mission in applying natural specialty of diversified living things, and sustainable preservation of biological diversification, and collection and conservation of more than 180,000 species, making it ranked 6th in genetic resources conservation.
NAS will do its best as a leading organization of green growth and green techniques by realizing and promoting sustainable agriculture, and rural harmony for people and environment, to become as the world's best among high-technology agricultural development organizations.