Recently, it is reported that a grain store in Pyongyang sold grains such as rice and corn to residents. It was old and low-quality rice, but the price was cheaper than the market, and the response was good because it sold a relatively large amount of grain.
According to Daily NK Pyongyang city sources on the 26th, a grain sales center in Pyongyang sold grain to residents from the 20th to the 24th.
Grain sales offices across North Korea currently sell grain once or twice a month. In the case of the grain sales office in Pyongyang, grain sales took place on April 15 (Kim Il-sung’s birthday, the Day of the Sun), and this month, during this period Grain was sold.
The grain seller in question sold rice to residents for 4,000 North Korean won per kilogram, and all of it was low-quality old rice, the source said.
In the case of corn, it is said that in the early stages of sales, old, low-quality products were sold, but in the latter half, relatively high-quality products that appeared to be imported from China were sold. Because of this, the price of corn was sold at 1,800 won per 1 kg, but it is known that the price rose to 2,000 won when high-quality products were released.
It was also found that the amount of grain sold this time was 15 days, which is half of the monthly supply set by the rationing system. Considering that North Korea’s rationing regulations stipulate that the average worker’s daily supply is 700g, if the grain was sold for 15 days, the residents could buy up to 10.5kg of grain per person.
However, it is said that the rice-corn ratio was restricted to be 3:7, so that each person could only buy up to 3 kg of rice. It seems that this restriction was put in place due to the lack of rice that can be sold at the Grain Sales Office.
Meanwhile, on the 23rd, it was found that 1 kg of rice in the market near the grain sales center was 6,300 to 6,400 won, up to 1.6 times more expensive than the price at the grain sales center. Although the grain store sold low-quality old rice, it was 37.5% cheaper than the market.
On the same day, the price of 1 kg of corn traded in this market was 3,300 to 3,400 won, which was reported to be up to 47% cheaper than the price sold at grain stores.
In particular, the prices of grains such as rice and corn are showing an upward trend in the market recently, and it is rumored that the residents responded positively to the grain sales at the grain sales center.
The source said, “Last month, there were a lot of complaints because sales volume was so low even though there were holidays. ”he said.
Meanwhile, Dong-A Ilbo previously reported that the North Korean authorities are currently installing and operating about 280 grain sales outlets across the country, and are selling grain based on the prescribed ration. Medium… The effect felt by residents is ‘mimi’)
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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