Sim Sang-jung “I will pay 300,000 won a month for basic income for farmers and fishermen”

Justice Party presidential candidate Shim Sang-jung announces his agricultural policy pledge at a press conference on Farmers’ Day at the National Assembly Communication Hall on the 11th. Parliamentary photojournalists

Justice Party presidential candidate Shim Sang-jung announced on the 11th that he would provide a monthly basic income of 300,000 won to all farmers and fishermen.

Candidate Shim held a press conference at the National Assembly on the occasion of Farmers’ Day and announced the agricultural policy pledge. Candidate Shim said, “In the era of climate crisis, advanced countries around the world are paying attention to agriculture as the backbone of their national community again.

Candidate Shim said that he would provide a basic income of 300,000 won per month to all farmers and fishermen. In announcing his candidacy for the presidential election, Candidate Shim announced that he would pay a ‘categorical basic income’. He said, “We cannot prevent the phenomenon of regional extinction without resolving income inequality for farmers and fishermen.”

Candidate Shim announced that he would establish a ‘National Food Sovereignty Commission’ to achieve 30% grain self-sufficiency. Candidate Shim said, “Korea currently has a grain self-sufficiency rate of only 21%.” “We will completely eradicate real estate speculation using farmland by making it mandatory to secure adequate farmland for food self-sufficiency,” he said.

Candidate Shim also announced a vision to make a major transition to ‘ecological agriculture and fishery’ in the era of climate crisis. Candidate Shim explained that he would increase the proportion of ecological agriculture and fisheries to more than 30% and reduce the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers by more than 50%. Agricultural machinery and agricultural and fishery facilities will also be converted to renewable energy rather than fossil fuels. Candidate Shim promised to realize the recovery cost of agricultural and fishery accident insurance and to support up to 80% of the loss of real income for a just transition.

Candidate Shim visited Hongseong-gun, Chungcheongnam-do this afternoon to hold a meeting with young farmers and eco-friendly farmers. On the 12th, to commemorate the 51st anniversary of Jeon Tae-il’s martyrdom, the Jeon Tae-il Foundation will announce specific promises related to the new labor law, such as a roadmap for a four-day work week. Then, there will be a meeting with platform workers.

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