N. Korea’s rice production to rise in 2016: U.N. report

N. Korea’s rice production to rise in 2016: U.N. report

2016/06/04 20:17

SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) — North Korea’s rice production this year is expected to rise to 1.6 million tons, a news media report said Saturday, apparently due to favorable weather conditions.

Rice production this year is estimated at 1.6 million tons, an increase from 1.3 million tons from a year earlier, U.S.-based media Voice of America (VOA) said, after quoting a report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“The North’s rice output is expected to be more than 1.6 million tons this year,” Kwon Tae-jin, an expert on the North’s agriculture at the GS&J Institute, was quoted by the VOA as saying. “Weather, water and fertilizers were all well prepared.”

FAO forecast the country will additionally import 100,000 tons of rice this year to secure a total of 1.7 million tons, VOA said.

The agency further estimated the North to produce 2.5 million tons of corn this year, about the same level as last year, it said.

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Multiculturalism brings people together through food

The beauty of Milliken’s ‘multicultural hodge-podge’

From authentic Asian cuisine to lush parkland, there are plenty of reasons to stop by this north Scarborough community

 The Star tours a Scarborough neighbourhood, home to a diverse community.

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The Star tours a Scarborough neighbourhood, home to a diverse community.

Helen Stratigos’ eyes light up when she talks about her neighbourhood.

For the last 15 years, she’s been living in Milliken – a north Scarborough community on the Markham border that’s a “multicultural hodge-podge” home to mostly first and second-generation immigrants, where only 25 per cent of the population was born in Canada.

“People here are proud to be Canadian – they love to be Canadian – but they retain their cultural identity,” says Stratigos, 43. “And that’s something that’s part of your soul, part of your roots.”

Stratigos, a full-time mom with two daughters aged 6 and 15, comes from a Filipina-Greek background and says most of the Milliken community comes from mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

On this July afternoon, she’s leading the Star on a tour of the neighbourhood, pointing out the community’s lush parkland, authentic Asian cuisine and welcoming atmosphere for newcomers to Canada.

“Every time I step out my door, I’m getting an education in world cultures and world religions,” Stratigos says.

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Food museum in Brooklyn

SEPTEMBER 11, 201511:57 AM ET
The Food and Drink Museum will open in its first permanent home – a mini-museum in Brooklyn — in October. The plan is to move into a bigger, final home by 2019. Above, an artist's rendering shows one potential exhibit – on ready-to-eat cereal — in MOFAD's final space. In the foreground is an extruder, a giant machine used to cook and shape cereal.

The Food and Drink Museum will open in its first permanent home – a mini-museum in Brooklyn — in October. The plan is to move into a bigger, final home by 2019. Above, an artist’s rendering shows one potential exhibit – on ready-to-eat cereal — in MOFAD’s final space. In the foreground is an extruder, a giant machine used to cook and shape cereal. Continue reading

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