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Landia’s Long Shaft Slurry Pumps help Linton Solutions’ continued success on volcanic Korean island

Posted: Tuesday 22nd January 2008

Long Shaft Slurry pumps made by Landia, which are ideal for pumping heavy slurry over long distances, are proving to be highly effective at a farming co-operative on the volcanic island of Jeju, approximately 60 miles off the southern peninsula of South Korea.

Specified by Lisburn-based Linton Solutions, who provide expert environmental and economic solutions for agriculture and industrial markets, Landia’s chopping pumps provide a very efficient processing system for slurry from 1,000 cow dairy units.

Linton Solutions’ Projects Director, Nigel Johnston, commented: “We have worked to achieve a long-term sustainable balance between the requirements of local farmers and the island’s equally important tourism needs, so bringing in the best equipment is of paramount importance”.

He added: “With Landia’s slurry pumps, we fully expect anything from 10 to 15 years service without repair, which means virtually no disruption for farmers, and overall, a very sound whole-life-cost investment”.

As part of their close association with their South Korean client, Linton Solutions have also provided operational training of the Long Shaft Slurry Pumps to the local workforce, highlighting the company’s support and commitment to an island whose volcanic history has provided few natural resources for the economy. Similarly, representatives from Landia have also been on hand in Jeju to work with Linton Solutions for the betterment of the installation and ongoing pumping performance.

At the centre of Jeju is Mount Halla, an extinct volcano, whose slopes, rising to almost 6,500 feet, are covered with rocks, forest and scrubby grass. The soil is porous red lava, with an inability to retain water. So although the island has moderate to heavy rainfall, the centre of Jeju lacks a natural permanent water supply. The island and its people have at times been the poorest in South Korea.

Strong links between Jeju and Ireland can be traced back to the inspirational and ultra-determined Father Patrick McGlinchey, who as a member of missionary order, The Society of Saint Columban, was assigned to South Korea in 1952, spending almost all of his time on Jeju.

When Father McGlinchey arrived in Jeju, the Korean War was just coming to a close. Some 60,000 people on the island had been killed as the result of communist guerrilla activity during 1947-1949 and the population was huddled around the seacoast in small farms averaging one-third of a hectare. Although planting two crops per year, farm families lived at subsistence level. They were heavily in debt to moneylenders and the despair-suicide of children was not unheard of. Yet 50,000 hectares of land stood idle in the centre of the island.

McGlinchey eventually bought 1,000 hectares of undeveloped land, which is now part of the training farm of the Isidore Development Association (IDA), formed in 1963. As McGlinchey hoped, IDA has served as a development model. When local farmers finally became convinced that the uplands could be cultivated and that livestock-raising was profitable, they themselves began to pressure the local government to supply the needed infrastructure. A large scale piped-water project was undertaken by the local government after McGlinchey proved it could be done; reservoirs have been built and roads have been improved and extended around the island.
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