New Delhi: The supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un has admitted that his country is currently going though a severe food crisis. During a recent meeting, Kim had acknowledged the dire situation in the country and said that North Korea’s food supply is “getting tense”, as per CNN reports.
In the capital Pyongyang, price tags of many staple food items have reportedly touched new highs in the past few months. Non-staple food items such as a small packet of black tea have gone up to Rs 5,167 ($70), a packet of coffee can fetch more than Rs 7,381 approx ($100), and 1 Kg of bananas have soared to Rs 3,336 ($45).
As of recent, United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicated that North Korea is running short of approximately 860,000 tons of food, which is close to just over two months of supplies.
According to a report by Radio Free Asia, that some North Korean farmers were told to contribute 2 liters of their urine each day to help manufacture fertiliser.
Even though the crisis type situation, Kim Jong-un said that borders will stay shut, saying that the state will maintain its “perfect anti-epidemic state under the present condition.”
In an attempt to restrict COVID-19 outspread in the country, North Korea had closed its borders.
North Korea heavily relies on China for imports and aid to fill gaps that local food production can not cover. Due to the boarders being closed down, trade with China has plummeted massively in recent months.
The country is also struggling under international sanctions, imposed due to its nuclear programmes.
In April, Kim had made a rare admission of the upcoming hardship, calling on officials to “wage another, more difficult ‘Arduous March’ to relieve our people of the difficulty, even a little”.