Currently in North Korea, the problem about fertilizers is receiving special attention since it is rising as a big problem. This is very important in the aspect that the import of fertilizers is being affected by China’s awkward feelings against the North. Of course, North Korea’s import of China’s fertilizers which was ceased for a month has resumed for now, but it is clear that fertilizers for North Korea’s agriculture is very scarce at the moment.
Since this is the first farming period after the Kim Jong-Un administration newly appeared in April through the supreme people’s assembly or the representative gathering of parties, the attention of the North Korean regime is focused on the fertilizer problem which is the crucial solution to this year’s farming problem.
It is said that Heungnam fertilizer factory(located at Hamgyeongnam-do Hamheung-si)and Namheung youth chemistry enterprise(located at Pyeongannam-do Anju-si), which Kim Jong-Il invested the national capacity through several on-site instructions when he was alive, are receiving criticism and being interrogated as it became unable for them to produce fertilizers.
According to this paper’s high-level source last May 21st, the secretaries of Hamgyeongnam-do party and Namheung youth chemistry enterprise party council, who went to Pyeongyang taking the April 15th event and April 25th as an opportunity, were severely interrogated by Kim Jong-Un in person about the normalization of the production of fertilizers. There are even rumors that they were replaced.
In the current situation when fertilizer aid from China or South Korea is impossible, fertilizer production from both companies is crucial to North Korea’s farming this year. Demand for fertilizers will double once the rice planting battle which is now at its peak ends, but the prospect of the production normalization of these factories is not bright.
In a situation when electricity is absolutely scarce which is one of the reasons why North Korea’s fertilizer production system is paralyzed, its future fertilizer production is not only bright. Therefore, many are worried about the future of North Korea’s agriculture due to the regression of the fertilizer production industry in the North. Eventually, it is analyzed as the main cause of why the second food crisis of the 1990s for ‘life conservation’, which is the most essential matter of North Korea’s current administration in taking care of North Korean residents is becoming more materialized.
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