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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Syria, Damascus: 9,000-square-metre park named after Kim Il-sung

The 9,000-square-metre park (about 2.2 acres) lies in the southwestern Damascus district of Kafr Sousa, atop the ruins of recently bulldozed homes.

The 9,000-square-metre park (about 2.2 acres) lies in the southwestern Damascus district of Kafr Sousa, atop the ruins of recently bulldozed homes. Continue reading

North Korea has own time zone by pulling back by 30 minutes its current time, a legacy of Japanese rule.

North Korea pulls clocks back by 30 minutes to establihs own time zone
This clock on the wall of an underground train station in Pyongyang will be running 30 minutes behind from next week, when North Korea pulls back its current standard time. Wong Maye-E, File/AP Photo

North Korea pulls clocks back by 30 minutes to establish own time zone

SEOUL // North Korea has no time for Japan. Not anymore, at least.

The country will establish its own time zone next week by pulling back by 30 minutes its current time, a legacy of Japanese rule.

The new time zone will take effect August 15 — the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule at the end of World War II, North Korea’s official Central News Agency said on Friday. The establishment of “Pyongyang time” will root out that legacy, it said.

Local time in North and South Korea and Japan is currently the same.It was set during Japan’s rule over what was single Korea from 1910 to 1945.

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