North Korea “mobilizes all compost production until the 10th… If you can’t do it, you will be rewarded with 1,000 won per 1 kg.”

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party, reported on the 4th that agricultural workers across the country welcomed the new year with ‘great passion’. The photo shows the Rakpyeong cooperative farm in Hoeryong. /Photo = Rodong Sinmun News 1

As a ‘compost battle’ is taking place across North Korea, a source said that in some regions, pressure is continuing to pay in case the task is not fulfilled. The suffering of the residents who are suffering from the economic hardship due to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) seems to be aggravating.

According to Daily NK North Hamgyeong Province sources on the 4th, this year’s compost battle started on the 3rd and runs until the 10th. This is one more day than last year.

Here, the task load was set at 500 kg per worker in factories and enterprises and 200 kg per inminban household. Compared to last year, it did not increase much, but it is still quite high compared to the previous year (100-300 kg per worker).

This is interpreted as a measure to cope with the situation where it is impossible to bring in a lot of fertilizer from outside due to the border closure caused by Corona 19.

In addition, it is possible to take into account the fact that last year, various experiments were carried out to produce more fertilizer at the chemical plant, but only an explosion occurred and no results were obtained. It is an observation that “they would have judged that traditional compost was the answer.” (▶Shortcut to related article: ‘Pung’ introducing new technology… Dozens of people killed at Namheung Youth Chemical Fertilizer Factory)

In addition, at the end of last year, at the 4th plenary session of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the ‘grand goal of rural development’ proposed by the entire party, all the people, and the entire army should be imprinted. The intention is also read.

In this regard, on the 3rd, the Rodong Sinmun published an article titled ‘Fiery enthusiasm to run from the battle line of the agricultural revolution – intensive transport of thousands of tons of manure from South Hwanghae Province at the beginning of the new year’, saying, “The rural development strategy proposed by the party. You have to be the master in carrying out the basic tasks of the company.”

In the actual field, an atmosphere emphasizing ‘competition’ to carry out the task is also perceived. In the face of the so-called ‘We will thoroughly aggregate (evaluate) the lagging units’, the heads of departments and officers in charge of the company (workers) are keen to secure the planned amount.

As a result, the damage is passed on to the residents. This is the message that the executives told (instruct) to “consider 1,000 won per 1 kg of compost and donate” in order to avoid being questioned.

Naturally, there are voices of complaints and dissatisfaction. A source said, “The Marshal (Chairman Kim Jong-un) told me to remove the tax burden, but does it make sense to come back to life under the direction of another Marshal (rural development)? and pinched.

The first task of the new year in North Korea is ‘compost battle’… “Pay 500kg per worker”

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