North Korea may slightly increase food production next year, possibility of external introduction

Updated Dec 23, 2022
It is predicted that North Korean food production next year will be at the same level as this year or slightly increase. On the 23rd, Kim Young-hoon, an honorary senior researcher at the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), revealed this in a report titled "North Korea's Food Production and Prospects in 2022," published in "KREI North Korean Agricultural Trends."
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Park Soo-yoon = “It can be predicted that food supply and demand and production in 2023 will be at the level of 2022 or will improve,” said Research Fellow Kim. did. It is predicted that the conditions for introducing chemical fertilizers will improve, the wheat cultivation area using multi-cropping will expand, and agricultural weather conditions will recover to normal levels. North Korea’s food production this year is estimated at 4.51 million tons, down 180,000 tons (3.8%) from the previous year. Rice decreased by 4.2%, corn by 1.3%, potatoes and sweet potatoes by 14.0%, pulses by 5.3%, and other grains by 21.7%. Barley, such as wheat and barley, increased by 12.5%, which was due to a 30% increase in barley cultivation area compared to the previous year. Research Fellow Kim explained, "As the new agricultural policy proposed in Chairman Kim Jong-un's September 2021 policy speech emphasized 'a shift in grain production and consumption structure ...
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