‘From 4,200 to 6,000 won per kg of rice’… Inflation surges after Kim Hyung-jik’s blockade

The border area of ​​Yanggang Province, filmed last year. The slogan ‘Let’s protect socialism with rice’ stands out. /Photo = Daily NK

It is known that food prices have skyrocketed in Kim Hyeong-jik-gun (formerly Huchang-gun), Ryanggang Province, North Korea, which is said to have been closed again due to a recent smuggling incident.

According to a source from Daily NK Yanggang Province on the 1st, food prices have risen sharply due to the recent lockdown of Kim Hyung-jik. At the Popyeong-eup (Kim Hyeong-jik-gun) market, rice (1 kg) has recently risen from 4,200 won to 6,000 won, and corn (corn, 1 kg) has risen from 2,200 won to 3,500 won.

As Kim Hyung-jik-gun was once again locked down, trading activity in markets and street vendors contracted, and as a result, food prices seem to have naturally risen.

This is a significantly higher price even compared to Hyesan, the same province (4,200 won and 2,100 won for 1 kg of rice and corn, respectively (as of November 29)). Also, according to the results of this paper’s investigation, Pyongyang and Sinuiju (North Pyeongan Province) are also trading at a similar price to Hyesan.

In North Korea, Kim Hyeong-jik-gun, Ryanggang Province, is an area on the border between North Korea and China facing northeast China, where the economic activities of the residents mainly take place mainly on smuggling medicinal herbs, scallion iron, frog pine nuts, beans, dogs, pigs, and goats.

In particular, in the case of food, smuggled Chinese rice was mainly distributed in the past, but after the border was closed, food was brought in through Hyesan.

In response, a source said, “As the import of food and supplies from outside is blocked, the residents are having a hard time making a living.

Meanwhile, the Daily News reported on the 23rd that a lockdown order was issued for 15 days from the 19th to the 4th of next month due to the occurrence of a smuggling incident in the North-Chinese border area in Kim Hyeongjik-gun, Yanggang Province.

Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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