A source reported on July 14th, "North Korea has set exorbitant grain production targets for the 2011 harvest. This is a normal North Korean maneuver reflecting the nature of its self deceiving system and society."
The North Korean Workers Newspaper of July 7th carried a report on page three about Kim Jong-il's field inspection of the Shin-am Cooperative Farm in Ryongchun County. It showed a photo of a hand-written poster put up in front of Kim.
The poster in the photo went under the slogan 'Drastically Increased Grain production, Glorious Example for the Whole Nation,' with this year's production target figures below. The figures are entirely unrealistic.
The poster claims that agricultural producers should aim for 10,000kg of paddy rice, 13,500kg of corn, 3,000kg of beans per jungbo(3.3 hectare.) 4 tons of corn per hectare indicate production levels realizable only at the cutting edge of modern agricultural efficiency. Among 1,992,000 hectares of arable land, the North uses 58,500 hectare as rice paddy and 1,407,000 hectare as fields (Data from 1992. Arable land has increased by over 1% since land readjustment, the North claims.) If they were indeed able to meet such a target, North Korea would be capable of producing over 6,000,000 tons of grain. (See footnote.)
What's interesting is that North Korean farmers use little chemical fertilizer. They use natural fertilizer such as compound fertilizers using microorganism; tio bacteria fertilizer (tio bacteria: bacteria that produces phosphorus); and karititan fertilizer (high density rinse fertilizer).
If they plant corn in 1,000,000 hectare of field, 4,000,000 tons of corn will be produced "chemical-free." Chemical-free products are much more pricy on the market.
At the same time, the North is demanding South Korea and the international community provide it with food aid. This renders the 2011 agricultural targets as shown in The Workers Daily as pure propaganda or pie in the sky fantasy.
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