S Korean agriculturist wants to help Bihar

Published on Nov 05, 2004 07:00 PM IST

The father of South Korea's farming movement wants to help Bihar use agriculture to improve its economy.

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PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, Patna

The father of South Korea's farming movement wants to help Bihar use agriculture to improve its economy.

Bum Il Kim, president of the World Headquarters of Canaan's Farmer Movement of South Korea, said he was keen to help Bihar, one of India's poorest agrarian states, utilise its vast fertile plains better.

Kim, visiting Bihar with a delegation from his country to find avenues of mutual partnership, said he had also told Chief Minster Rabri Devi to "change the face of the state with the help of agriculture".

"I told her that her development dream will only be fulfilled when farmers, experts and the government work together as a team," Kim said in an interview.

Not only Bihar, but any Indian state could become prosperous by according more priority to agriculture, said Kim, who has been running a farmers' movement in his country for five decades.

"Unless villages develop, a country cannot prosper," he said, saying his own country was an example.

"The farmer's movement may start in a small way in the villages, but it will lead to development all over the state," Kim said.

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