Kim Jong-un inaugurates construction of large North Korean greenhouse

Seoul, Feb 19 (EFE).- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has inaugurated the construction of a new greenhouse for growing food in the east of the country, state news agency KCNA reported Saturday.

Kim Jong-un laid the foundation stone for the “Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm” agricultural project in South Hamgyong province, eastern North Korea, with the aim of developing the “largest and most modern farm in the country,” the agency said.

The North Korean leader personally attended the inauguration ceremony Friday, according to photographs released by various local media, and was accompanied by military commanders and Jo Yong-won, another key figure of the Workers’ Party.

During the visit, Kim Jong-un delivered a speech to a large number of attendees, including provincial authorities and soldiers from the North Korean army, the latter in charge of carrying out the construction of the greenhouse.

The leader stressed the importance of modernizing agriculture with “advanced technologies” and promoting “rural development,” according to the state agency, which is part of the party’s objectives.

The project was inaugurated less than two months after a plenary meeting of the single party was held in the capital that focused on rural development, at a time marked by economic hardship and food shortages in the country.

North Korea has suffered major natural disasters that have further compromised the production of basic cereals for the survival of its 25 million inhabitants, in addition to being surrounded by sanctions and extreme isolation due to the pandemic.

This new greenhouse, whose total extension and type of crops it will house is not mentioned, is expected to be completed before Oct. 10, the date that commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party. EFE


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