North Korea’s Ryanggang Province Potato Crop Severe… “De facto cessation of distribution to factories and enterprises”

Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party, shows the potato harvesting site in Ryanggang Province. /Photo = Rodong Sinmun News 1

It is reported that this year’s crop is serious in Yanggang Province, the largest potato producer in North Korea. It is said that the harvest has been cut by more than half compared to the previous year, and the distribution of potatoes is virtually halted.

According to a source from Daily NK Yanggang Province on the 8th, since the end of last month, factories in Hyesan have been allocated potato fields for distribution for six months, including Daehongdan, Baekam-gun, and Samsu-gun. However, problems began to arise as the potato yields in the region were poor.

For example, Gwanpyeong-ri, Samsu-gun, to which the Hyesan Shoe Factory was assigned, suffered from flooding and drought this year, and it is said that fertilizers or manure were not given properly. Therefore, if the potato harvest per hectare last year was about 8 tons

Because of this, it was difficult to receive even 100 kg per person, and it is said that factories and enterprises were forced to come up with other measures.

Instead of rationing potatoes, it was reported that 17 kg of corn without the skin was supplied at 500 won per kg. Fortunately, there are no family members, and it is said that only the workers themselves supplied rations.

A source said, “Factories and businesses knew that when they went to the potato distribution allotment area, they knew there would be a supply, so they took 150 to 200 North Korean won per 1 kg of potatoes, equivalent to 6 months’ supply per person,” said a source. We are in a difficult situation because we cannot secure them,” he explained.

He continued, “The recent severe food shortages had high expectations of the residents for potato distribution.


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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