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North Korea touts ‘bumper potato crop’

North Korea’s main newspaper on Monday reported a record harvest of potatoes in its northeastern province of Yanggang this year. The Rodong Sinmun newspaper reportedly says that farmers in Daehongdan County in Yanggang Province produced an average of 51.5 tons of potatoes per ha, and a maximum of over 70 tons per ha, surpassing the previous peak yield in that country…

The mouthpiece newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea said that a Daehongdan County farm produced more than 10,000 tons in total, or an average of 52.6 tons per ha.

Objective observers speculate that the newspaper’s attempt to play up this year’s potato harvest seems to reflect the Pyongyang regime’s intent to show North Korean residents a positive outlook on the future amid stalled talks on de-nuclearization and sanctions relief.

In the editorial of the newspaper farmers are encouraged to “take full preparations against drought next year” so that they can achieve another bumper harvest…

Source: The Korea Herald

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