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South Korea invests in bioenergy crops

South Korea is seeing a drive to produce more biodiesel, with the government pledging its support to rapeseed cultivation for biofuel use.

The government has announced plans for three new 500-hectare farms to produce 2.4mt of rapeseed to be completed by 2009, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said on Wednesday.

A total of 2.6bn Won (€2.1m) is being invested in the project and the aim is to achieve a 5% ethanol blend in fuel once enough can be domestically produced.
Currently South Korean biodiesel contains just 0.5% ethanol.

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