North Korean Provinces See ‘Dramatic’ Decline in Crop Health: Report

Bad news for its self-decribed "food crisis" in the wake of Draconian zero COVID policies

Related: North Korea Is Facing Famine. World Wants to Drown It in Vaccines

North Korea may reap a smaller-than-average harvest this year, a new report shows, potentially exacerbating the country’s ongoing “food crisis” as it continues to feel the effects of devastating flooding and extreme border restrictions.

The report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Beyond Parallel program uses satellite imagery to measure crop conditions across the country, concluding that at least three provinces saw dramatic declines in crop health. [Out of a total of nine provinces but some are more important to agriculture than others.]

Researchers used a specialized mathematical filter for satellite imagery known as the normalized-difference vegetation index (NDVI) to highlight the presence of chlorophyll — a key indicator of crop health.

While the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) described North Korea’s harvest prospects as “favorable” in early July, CSIS says crop health in the key regions regressed between early July and late August.

The authors state that the situation has not yet reached a “crisis of famine portions,” but they point to other external factors — such as low yields last year and heavy flood damage to croplands earlier this year — as cause for concern.

The “dramatic reduction” of crop health through August in the provinces of North Hwanghae, South Hwanghae and Pyongyang is most concerning, the authors write.

In one extreme case, the data shows that nearly 20% of North Hwanghae’s crops deteriorated from “fair or good” condition to “bad or poor” in just 16 days, according to the report. A similar dropoff of crop health in South Hwanghae indicates “serious production concerns” for that province, too.

The authors also express concern that flood damage to the country’s east coast rail network may complicate efforts to distribute food to isolated, mountainous regions.

The assessment comes four months after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described the country’s food situation as “tense due to shortcomings in grain production. Korean Central Television (KCTV) also revealed that officials discussed “emergency policy on overcoming the current food crisis” at the party plenum in June.

According to the FAO, North Korea’s consumption of cereals, soybeans and potatoes “structurally exceeds” the country’s production capacity. While most countries can simply trade to fill in the gaps, North Korea has maintained strict COVID-19 border measures that have all but decimated trade with China.

In the mid-1990s, North Korea experienced a catastrophic famine known as the Arduous March that some estimates say killed upwards of 2 million people — nearly 10% of the country’s population.

Source: NK News

  1. ken says

    As usual with any country it’s not people causing the problem it’s government policy and it doesn’t matter what type of government it is.

    Still,,, the idiots claim the need for government no matter how much that government robs them of wealth, freedom and liberty. People still kiss gov-ass even after being locked down and now forced jabs. They claim there would be chaos without government. Look around folks. Smell the roses!

    The US tried ‘limited government’. Look where it got them! Millions fired, quitting because of government policy. Think State government is good? Check out New York, Oregon, Washington, Kalifornica. What about city government? Portland, Seattle, San Fran, LA, NYC, etc. Well maybe local authority? Check out school board tyranny.

    Remember No Name City! It worked… until greed destroyed it….

    The only good government is no government.

    1. Jerry Hood says

      100% true….

    2. Raptar Driver says

      Some form of organization, government, whatever you want to call it, is necessary for human society to thrive.
      What needs to be taken away from government is the authority (Life & death) over our lives, this it should not have.

  2. Jerry Hood says

    Western degenerated,obese goyim, don’t worry about DPRK, be worry about what are you going to chew up in 2023!!!

    1. slavsquat says

      We chew dprk beef lips mmm chewy. The french language is cause of DPrk fail. need to destroy decadent french and the stupid language.

  3. Raptar Driver says

    They will just get the remaining food supplies from China.

  4. yuri says

    floods, droughts, etc have been especially difficult for smaller nations. Nk has trade with mainly Asians nations—since covid less. humanitarian aid can address this

  5. XSFRGR says

    I’ve been reading for decades how DPRK is going to starve, collapse, revolt, etc. yet it endures. Why should a nation of dedicated, well educated, and highly motivated people simply collapse ???

    Considering the source, NK News:

    NK News is an American subscription-based website that provides news and analysis about North Korea. Established in 2011, it is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea with reporters in Washington, D.C. and London. Reporting is based on information collected from in-country sources, recently returned western visitors to North Korea.


    1. James says

      Calling North Korea a nation of “highly motivated people” is asinine when you consider they live in one of the most repressive regimes on earth. Multitudes of its citizens risk their lives each year trying to escape from that communist “utopia.” As for longevity, remember the Soviet Union endured for a torturous 70 years (largely due to Western assistance), yet it collapsed in the end. Lesson: communism is long-term unsustainable regardless of how long it manages to linger on in the here-and-now.

      1. XSFRGR says

        Thus we in the U$, who are motivated only by pleasure, and money are somehow better than the dedicated people of DPRK? We are superior to people who have endured decades of torment by the land of the free? We, who live in fear of the human predators in our cities, and dread the knock at the door if we speak out at a school board meeting have a superior system to the DPRK. We, who have a magnificent Constitution, but are too terrified of our government to enforce it are so much more free that the North Koreans. GET REAL !!!

        The Soviet Union was created by financiers in the U$ while our universities were infiltrated by alumni of the Marxist Frankfurt School. In time the Chosen collapsed the Soviet Union in a effort to pillage its remains, but they didn’t factor in Vladimir Putin. Now the Chosen are picking over the corpse of the U$, and Russia is one of the most prosperous nation on earth. Russia, with no debt, jobs for everyone, and a brilliant future while the U$ is wallowing in debt, and praying for a White Knight to save us. There will be no Vladimir Putin for the U$.

        You will soon be faced with the fact stated by Thomas Jefferson:

      2. Tzvi says

        Communisim and Fascism are evil, it used to be that most in the USA understood that.

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