GRS and local farm officials began discussing development at the soy farm in 2004. GRS initially supplied various types of soy seed to test how well each grew in the local climate. Open discussions were an essential part of this process. Sharing ideas together and applying these ideas helped find the best working solution.
Open discussions between GRS personnel, the DPRK Ministry of Agriculture, and local farm managers and engineers have been crucial to the design and success of projects at HaePo Ri. Through this mutual sharing of information, farming techniques, and facility design, GRS was able to supply the correct seed and equipment for the farm. The local farm management constructed the buildings to match the factory design, and provided skilled labor to install and operate the factory. This close working relationship was essential to the success of this project, and a good model to follow in future projects. This "Joint Venture" is a good demonstration of the GRS core values. Several Universities in the United States also helped provide expertise and resources for these exchanges.
Soy Farm Project
Soy Farm Project Scope
GRS has been working together with the DPRK Ministry of Agriculture and the local officials at the HaePo Ri Soy Farm. About 500 hectares of land originally used to grow corn, has now been dedicated to growing soybeans. Initially, GRS helped by supplying soy seed and equipment to process the soybeans. The soybean products are an excellent source of protein for the local diet. Growing soybeans also helps replenish the soil after growing corn for many years. The soybean oil is used for cooking oil, and the soymilk is used in the local school lunch program.
Tofu is an important source of protein in the local diet. GRS worked together with local officials at the HaePo Ri Soy Farm to design and install a factory for producing tofu from locally grown soybeans. The facility at HaePo Ri produces about 300 tons of tofu per year.
Producing Soybean Oil
About 200 tons of soybeans are used to produce about 30 tons soybean cooking oil and 140 tons of soy meal each year.
Producing Soy Milk
About 100 tons of soybeans are used per year to produce about 400 tons of soymilk for school lunch programs.
Producing Soybean Oil
The newest installation at the HaePo Ri Soy Farm is a soybean oil factory. The soybean oil is used for cooking oil, which is very important in preparing meals with locally grown corn and other grains. Soybean meal is also a byproduct of the factory that is also high in protein, and can be used in the local diet and to supplement animal feed. Approximately 30 tons of soybean oil are produced each year.
Community Development Projects
GRS and local farm managers at HaePo Ri have a long range plan for community development. Economic development, water resource development, medical health programs, and educational programs are being planned and implemented.
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2004—Tested Soy bean growth practices and seed types
2005—Tested soy seed at farm to determine best producer
2005—Installed tofu factory and began tofu production
2006—Installed soy milk factory and began soy milk production
2007—Installed soy oil factory and began soy oil production
Long Range Plans include: