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Direct Payment for Rice & Field Farming


  • The direct payment program is a regime that provides direct subsidies to stabilize farm household income and was created in response to the fall in agricultural product prices caused by trade liberalization after the establishment of the WTO in 1995.
  • NAQS is responsible for implementation reviews of direct payments for rice, fields, less favored areas, and landscape preservation, and the entire process from application to payment of direct payments for eco-friendly and safe livestock products.


  • (Rice) To protect farmers from a possible fall in the price of rice that may result from rice market liberalization and to promote income stability
  • (Field Farming) To stabilize the income of field crop cultivating farm households and to increase the self-sufficiency rate and maintain the production base of major field crops
  • (Less Favored Areas) To preserve the income of farmers living in areas of low agricultural productivity and unfavorable settlement conditions and to promote regional revitalization


Eligible Recipients

  • (Common) Only a registered agricultural business entity
  • (Rice) Any farmer, etc. who cultivates rice on farmland that is eligible for direct rice payments and who is registered as an agricultural business entity(including farmland)
  • (Field Farming) Any farmer or individual who engages in field farming on farmland that is eligible for field farming subsidies and who is registered as an agricultural business entity(including farmland)
  • (Less Favored Areas) Farmers living in legal ri areas within eup/myeon regions, where 50% or more of total farmland area has an arable land rate of 22% or less and a slope equal to or greater than 14%


  • (Rice, Fixed) KRW 1 million/ha on average
  • (Rice, Variable) Determined according to the average price of rice in the producing area during the harvest period(October of the relevant year to January of the following year)
  • (Field Farming, Fixed) KRW 550 thousand/ha on average
  • (Field Farming, double-cropping paddy field) KRW 500 thousand/ha
  • (Less Favored Areas) Rice paddy, field, orchard KRW 65/㎡, grassland KRW 40/㎡

Implementation Review

  • (Rice) Examine whether rice has been cultivated in a way that maintains the shape and function of farmland and in a way that captures water
  • (Field Farming) Examine whether the shape and function of farmland has been maintained, type of cultivated crop, size of cultivation area, etc
  • (Less Favored Areas) Examine whether the land is used(managed) as farmland(grassland), whether uncultivated farmland has been plowed, etc