North Korea Food Crises: In North Korea, a severe food scarcity has resulted in a sharp increase in commodity prices.
According to NK News, which obtains information from North Korean informants, a kilogramme of bananas costs Rs 3,336. Similarly, the price of a package of black tea has risen to Rs 5,167, and the price of coffee has risen to almost Rs 7,381. In India, a kilogramme of maize is estimated to cost Rs 204.81.
The closure of borders in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic, international sanctions, and significant floods are the main reasons of this severe food scarcity.
According to Chinese official customs data, the country relies on China for food, fertiliser, and gasoline, but imports have dropped from USD 2.5 billion to USD 500 million.
In fact, the situation is so bad in North Korea that farmers are reportedly being requested to donate 2 litres of pee every day to help make fertiliser.
Kim Jong Un has confessed that North Korea’s food situation is “tense,” according to state media, raising the concern in a country where hundreds of thousands perished in a horrific famine in the 1990s.
The poor country has long battled to feed itself, suffering from chronic food shortages as a result of successive international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says economy has improved this year
Last year, the coronavirus epidemic, as well as a series of summer storms and floods, contributed to the economy’s woes.
Kim Jong Un stated during a plenary meeting of the governing Workers’ Party of Korea’s central committee on Wednesday that the economy has improved this year, with industrial output up 25% from the previous year, according to the official KCNA news agency.
However, due to a variety of obstacles, the North Korean leader admitted that there had been a “series of deviations.”
“The people’s food situation is stressful currently since the agriculture sector failed to meet its grain output plan owing to typhoon damage last year,” Kim added.
Last summer, a succession of typhoons caused floods that damaged hundreds of houses and flooded farms.
Kim urged action to lessen the effect of natural calamities, adding that securing a successful crop was a “top concern.”
The North has long claimed there have been no cases of the virus.
According to KCNA, the conference also examined the “prolonged character” of the coronavirus epidemic.
Pyongyang has a bad medical system and a persistent lack of medications, according to experts, and a coronavirus pandemic would devastate the isolated country.
When the North locked its border in January of last year, it enforced a severe lockdown to prevent the illness from spreading from neighbouring China, where it initially appeared before sweeping the globe.
It has long claimed there have been no cases of the virus, a claim that analysts question, but the embargo has cost the North a lot of money.
The North’s economic lifeblood, trade with China, has reduced to a trickle, and all outside assistance work is subject to stringent limitations.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned of “worst-ever situation” in the country
The pandemic’s impact has “most certainly increased” “According to a spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the humanitarian situation in the north is dire, with 10.6 million people in need.
Kim urged residents in April that they should brace themselves for the “worst-ever situation” in the North “..
Following the demise of the Soviet Union, North Korea had a countrywide famine in the 1990s, which killed hundreds of thousands of people.