North Korean Farmers Are Denied Surplus Harvest Again This Year

Despite increases this year in agricultural production, authorities in North Korea’s northern provinces are once again refusing to distribute promised surplus grain to area farmers, demanding also that potatoes harvested beyond state requirements be used to produce food starch, North Korean sources say. The potato crop this year in North Korea’s Yanggang province came on average to almost 30 tons per jungbo (an area covering about 10,000 square meters), one source in the province told RFA’s Korean Service, speaking on condition of anonymity. More