North Korea faces famine Food prices soared, a kilogram of bananas almost 1,500 baht.

Natural Disasters – Coronavirus worsens North Korea’s food shortages The price of rice in the country has risen almost 30%.

During June 17, the appearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un In a state that looks unusually thin. along with the official announcement that The country is facing a severe food shortage crisis. Due to natural disasters that have been encountered during the past year both typhoon and floods, thus causing the harvesting goals to not go according to plan and enough to feed the country along with the COVID-19 epidemic situation. that although the Pyongyang government claims There has not been a widespread outbreak in the country. But as a result of the closure of China’s borders, inter-border shipments have stalled.

such matter This is why food prices in North Korea are reportedly skyrocketing. The prices of many consumer goods began to fluctuate violently. Amid uncertainty about reopening borders with China Radio Free Asia reported that food prices in North Korea are hitting record highs, RFA cited sources as surveying in Pyongyang. Price of food products, especially rice The increase averaged 30 percent as a result of the shutdown of China, North Korea’s major trading partner and the main channel for which North Korea relies heavily on food, fertilizer and energy.

Residents in the southern suburbs of Pyongyang told the RFA on June 9 that it is unusual for food prices to fluctuate between morning and evening. “Yesterday morning at a local market in Pyongsong. The domestic price of rice was 5,400 North Korean won (KPW), or about 188 baht per kilogram, but the price was reduced to 4,900 North Korean won (about 170 baht) before the market closed. As a result, many townspeople choose to spend while the market is close to closing because of the cheaper prices.

Another villager in Ryeongcheon Province North Pyeongan Province told RFA that the price of rice produced in the country now costs 5,000 won per kilogram, or 174 baht, higher than April’s average price of 4,000 won per kilogram, or 139 baht. also revealed that During the month of May Until June is the period known as “Barley Hump”, referring to the end of the autumn harvest. But the barley is not yet ripe. Many Koreans in the past had to fast during this period. As a result, rice production in the state’s stockpiles is almost exhausted. The price of rice therefore inevitably rose. In the past, if it was a normal time North Korea will be able to import G produce to compensate for the shortfall in the country. But closing the borders from the outbreak As a result, food imports are scarce and prices are higher than usual. Some reports estimate that North Korea could face food shortages of up to 1.35 million tonnes.

in Pyongyang Despite efforts to control the price of the product But it is inevitable that the price of rice will go up to 7,000 won (about 244 baht) per kilogram from 5,000 won (170 baht) last month. The Daily NK website, which tracks movements in North Korea, reported that In addition to the volatility of rice prices and skyrocketing A kilo of bananas costs nearly $45 amid economic struggles with North Korea still subject to international sanctions. Due to the progress of the nuclear development program

At the meeting of the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party Mr Kim also discussed the food situation with the Politburo. At one point, Mr. Kim continued to congratulate that the country’s industrial output grew a quarter compared to the same period last year. even in contrast to the shortage of agricultural products Mr. Kim also addressed the issue of relations with the United States. But North Korean media reports did not detail the matter.

Source: RFA , BBC , Nationalinterest , NKNews

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