Pyongyang’s public sentiment shaken by soaring rice prices… ‘I’ll give you ration’ Pochi in a hurry

An unofficial ‘locust field’ in a village outside Pyongyang. Residents stand to buy and sell goods. /Photo = ID 龙五*狼之吻 provided by a Chinese blogger

It is known that there has been no distribution to the general public in Pyongyang since April. As the price of grain such as rice and corn has risen recently, as well as gasoline and diesel, Pyongyang citizens are increasingly dissatisfied, and the authorities are in a hurry to plan distribution.

According to a Daily NK Pyongyang source on the 10th, there has been no food distribution in Pyongyang for two months after 10 days’ worth of ration was released around April the Sun’s Day (Kim Il-sung’s birthday, April 15), and there is no food stored in the distribution center in downtown Pyongyang. .

After the border was closed in January last year for the prevention of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), distribution was not made in Pyongyang for three months from March, but since then, distribution has been carried out relatively regularly.

However, in recent years, rations have not been provided to the general public, as well as those released from detention facilities such as correctional centers and those who cannot make a living right away, or the security guards (police) and military personnel who have relocated their work to Pyongyang from rural areas have not been able to receive rations. known

In particular, it is said that the food situation in the military was not good, so only the rations allocated to the military officers themselves were paid, and the quotas for their families were not paid.

It is explained that not only the social protection class, but also members of state agencies, in some cases, live in Pyongyang but do not receive rations.

However, it is said that executives belonging to special agencies such as the Party or the National Security Agency are receiving continuous distribution.

In the midst of this, it was found that as the spring season (春窮期) entered, the food supply and demand situation worsened, and grain prices in the current market were rising.

Even after the border closure, the price of rice in North Korea has been relatively stable, and since last March, the price has been declining, sometimes trading at around 3,000 won per kg.

However, since early May, the price of North Korean rice has been on the rise again. On the 8th, the price of rice in Pyongyang was surveyed at 5,000 won per kg, which is a 22% increase (2 days (4,100 won)) in less than a week.

Corn prices continued to rise after the border closure, but the price remained in the low 2,000-won range. Recently, however, the price has risen to 3,000 won per kilogram of corn in Pyongyang.

In the case of rural areas, there have been cases where the price of corn soared to more than 3,000 won per kg, but it is said that the price of corn has never risen so much in Pyongyang.

In the midst of this, it is known that the number of saving generations (poor generation with neither money nor food) has increased in Pyongyang recently as rations are not properly distributed and market prices have risen.

In other words, even in the capital of the revolution, the number of poor people has increased to the point where they can take food waste and steam it in a steamer.

In addition, the source said, “Since last April, there have been lines of elderly people and children going to Mt. Daeseong in Pyongyang to graze.” “Until Dano (June 14), grass was known to be non-toxic, so they went to pick grass to eat even namul rice. will,” he said.

As the situation unfolded, it is known that the authorities are hastily preparing for distribution in Pyongyang. It is said that on the 7th, it was sent to distribution centers in each district in Pyongyang that they would distribute 10 days’ worth of rice, potatoes, corn, and barley rice.

Distribution is expected to take place within this month as the related instructions have been issued, but it is pointed out that it remains to be seen whether normal distribution will take place in the future.

However, it is expected that the price of grains traded in the Pyongyang market may be somewhat stabilized if distribution to Pyongyang is implemented soon.

Source: DailyNK by

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