North Korea’s Kim calls for ‘radical improvement’ in farm machine sector


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for a “radical improvement” in the country’s farm machinery sector, state media reported on Wednesday, as the reclusive state pushes for agricultural modernisation to tackle chronic food shortages.

Visiting a farm machine exhibition on Tuesday, Kim said it was important to map out a long-term development plan to achieve mechanisation of agricultural work for rural development, KCNA news agency said.

A radical improvement in farm industrialisation “is an urgent requirement” Kim said, according to the KCNA report.

The visit comes days after Kim laid out the country’s economic goals for the New Year, where he said stabilising agricultural production at a high level was a key task.



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