North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is worried after the outbreak. The food situation in the country is now difficult to describe.
The reason is twofold. Severe weather last year destroyed most of the country’s crops and closed borders to prevent corona epidemic, leading to a challenging situation, he writes Bloomberg.
In 2020, both epidemics and storms and flood-prone summers put pressure on the country’s economy.
Recently, Kim Jong-un said that the agricultural sector could not produce enough grain to meet the demand. At the same time, the leader wanted to give full priority to self-sufficiency.
The biggest food shortage
Access to small crops and food is nothing new for North Korea, which is battling an almost chronic shortage. About 40 percent of the country’s population is described as malnourished.
Closing the borders also led to a sharp recession in trade with China, which caused further problems in supply.
However, at a public meeting of the North Korean Communist Party, the leader said the economy had improved this year, with a 25 percent increase in industrial production compared to the previous year, state news agency KCNA reported.
Kim also recommended measures to reduce the damage caused by such natural disasters, and stressed that ensuring a good harvest was a “priority.”
UN: They are starving
In another acknowledgment of the country’s disability, Kim said in April that they would steel themselves to “the worst situation of all time”.
UN Human Rights Council in North Korea Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojia Quintana said in March that the impact of the epidemic had contributed to North Koreans starving to death.
As the fall of the Soviet Union left the country, a nationwide famine in North Korea in the 1990s claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.