10 Jan 2024

North Korean leader urges increased poultry production in the face of food shortages

Contenido disponible en: العربية (Arabic)SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) — North Korean State Affairs Committee Chairman Kim Jong-un visited a newly […]

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korean State Affairs Committee Chairman Kim Jong-un visited a newly built chicken factory on Sunday and urged increasing poultry production for "substantial change." in the living standards of the people, the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported this Monday.

Kim visited the Kwangchon chicken farm, in the Hwangju region of North Hwanghae province, accompanied by his daughter, known as Ju-ae, according to state media.

The North Korean leader stressed the need to "constantly increase production capacity to provide the people with more meat and eggs," KCNA said, adding that the country is planning to build another chicken farm in Pyongyang this year.

The visit came as North Korea has been struggling to boost grain production due to the country's chronic food shortages, which have caused reported deaths from famine in some regions.

Kim also urged taking the farm as a standard model for the modernization of poultry factories across the country, so as to "bring substantial change to people's lives," according to the news.

In July 2020, the North Korean leader visited the construction site of the Kwangchon chicken farm. The state media outlet claimed, at the time, that the factory would be capable of producing thousands of tons of meat and tens of millions of eggs each year.

Kim's latest visit appears to be intended to show himself as a leader who cares about people's lives in the new year. Her daughter, Ju-ae, also made a rare public appearance at a place related to the economy, having previously accompanied her father to military events on most occasions.

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South Korea's Unification Ministry, in charge of managing inter-Korean affairs, said last Friday that the daughter made 24 public appearances since November 2022, 19 of which were at events related to the military sector. 

Taken out of: Yonhap News Agency

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