NKorea faces food Shortage
SEOUL: North Korea’s staple food production could plummet by 14 per cent this year because of bad weather, sparking fears of exacerbating chronic food shortages in the impoverished nation, according to the UN agricultural agency.
The gloomy forecast from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) comes as the reclusive communist country prepares for a lavish military parade on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party.
The North is expected to produce 3.7 million tonnes of rice and corn this year, down from 4.3 million tonnes last year, according to a report from the FAO early warning system. Pyongyang plans to import 500,000 tonnes of rice and corn from abroad, the FAO said, but it will not be enough to feed its 25 million people.
The country, plagued by regular droughts, will face a total shortfall of 1.2 million tonnes of its staples.