N. Korea presses for unrealistic increases in farm production
Amid North Korea’s calls for increased food production following the designation of agriculture as the “major point of attack” at the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), Daily NK sources have reported that North Koreans are criticizing the authorities for demands to achieve unrealistic increases in farm production.
“The government demanded that we increase the production of grain this year and is hounding people more than ever,” a North Hamgyong Province source told Daily NK on Jan. 20. “They are ordering us to submit plans to increase production on an individual and work unit basis, but everyone is frustrated because they don’t know what to do.”
At the year-end plenary meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that “the agricultural front is the major point of attack in the offensive for frontal breakthrough,” and that North Korea “must adopt scientific farming methods and more fiercely raise the strong wind for increasing crop yields.”
Moreover, at a conference held from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19 in Pyongyang to review last year’s successes in the agricultural sector, participants resolved to “more fiercely raise the strong wind for increasing crop yields” and “defend the Korean revolution and precious socialism with rice.” ......