While fruit farms in Korea suffered cold damage due to abnormally low temperatures, it is reported that North Korea is also suffering one after another. Sources say that the abnormal weather that occurred in March and April was the cause.
A source from South Pyongan Province told Daily NK on the 22nd, “The low-temperature damage to fruit trees in the central and southern mountainous areas, such as Gaecheon, Yangdeok, and Bukchang, in South Pyongan Province, is serious, and farm officials are deeply troubled.”
“In Gaecheon and Bukchang-gun, the damage was especially great,” he said.
The source explained that the reason for the spread of the damage was that the blooming period was advanced due to the high temperature in March, but the temperature dropped sharply in April.
Abnormal low temperatures after flowering seriously affect crops and fruit trees. In particular, if a problem occurs due to abnormally low temperatures in the flowering and shoot formation stages of flowers, difficulties arise in the formation and development of fruits. In this case, the flower may not bloom normally and may cause the flower to fall prematurely. If the flower falls prematurely, the formation and growth of the fruit is stopped, which adversely affects the quality and yield of the fruit.
According to North Korean meteorological observations from the Korea Meteorological Administration’s Meteorological Data Open Portal, Yangdeok, Pyeongannam-do recorded a high temperature of around 25 degrees during the day in early April, then suddenly the highest temperature dropped to around 10 degrees and the lowest temperature dropped below zero. appeared. After that, the temperature fluctuated repeatedly.
A source said, “By fruit tree, apples suffer the most damage,” adding, “Peaches and plums are also not easy.”
In particular, the source said that vegetable farming suffered enormous damage due to incorrect instructions from the North Korean authorities.
The source said, “Following the party’s instructions to speed up the farming process, vegetables (vegetables), potatoes, and corn (corn) were hurriedly planted, resulting in damage.” ” he said.
It is a story that the North Korean authorities hastily issued instructions without fully considering climatic conditions or the growing season of crops, and the damage caused by abnormally low temperatures was directly hit.
In this regard, the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party, said on the 18th, “The crop growth forecasting project plays an important role in helping the agricultural sector to prepare agricultural technical measures ahead of time.” The current reality demands that the scientific level of fertilization management be further raised while thoroughly establishing crop protection measures, and from this, the importance of crop growth forecasting is becoming more prominent.”
As such, North Korea emphasizes the importance of ensuring the scientific nature of crop growth forecasts in preparation for disaster-related abnormal weather, but on the front line, rather than based on proper judgment on conditions or situations, the government’s goal of increasing agricultural production is under pressure. It is a look that has caused damage by pushing the work.
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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