North Korea distributes conference materials calling for full focus on ‘field weeding’

In this photo posted in May 2022, North Korean farm workers are seen watering a field. (Rodong Sinmun – News1)

North Korean authorities recently distributed conference materials calling for the “total concentration” of the country’s workforce on weeding fields.

According to a Daily NK source in the country last Thursday, the document, titled “Let us qualitatively complete the weeding of the fields at the right time by fully concentrating all our capabilities”, stressed that all North Koreans would be mobilized to solve food shortages in the country. country.

Essentially, North Korea is calling for an “all-out war” on weeds in order to increase agricultural production. This battle against weeds comes as the country faces a food crisis caused by the prolonged border closure due to COVID-19.

“Finishing weeding at the right time is an important agricultural process that should not be missed during the year’s farming,” the conference material said, adding, “If we are behind in weeding, grain yields are falling, creating major problems in meeting the party’s grain production goals for this year.

The conference material went on to say that, “TThe party calls for more people to be mobilized for weeding, if only by one person, scouring as many sources of labor for agricultural support from government agencies and corporations as possible.

The document also pointed out that “officials, workers and people in many workplaces avoided agricultural support activities using work as an excuse” and that “in a manner inappropriate for the agricultural support period, people are unnecessarily in the streets doing commercial activities outside the hours allocated to these activities.

In short, North Korean authorities are aware that labor shortages could hamper efforts to meet the country’s grain production targets for the year and have resumed stressing the importance of sending labor in agricultural areas.

The conference material called on all workers deployed in agricultural fields to complete the fourth round of weeding by the end of June. He also called on workplaces excluded from agricultural support efforts to fully mobilize as many workers as possible to help with weeding efforts on Fridays and Sundays.

Still, many North Koreans are unhappy with the government’s efforts to get more people out into agricultural fields, the source said.

“Party members and workers do not avoid mobilizations to agricultural fields because they are unaware of the party’s ideology or intentions,” the source said. “When people are suffering from food shortages due to emergency quarantine efforts in farming villages, let alone cities, who would listen to government orders?”

The conference material also called for strict adherence to guidelines for emergency quarantine efforts. These guidelines include disinfecting living quarters, dining rooms and farm tools used by farm workers, and performing temperature checks.

Translated by David Black. Edited by Robert Lauler.

Please direct any comments or questions regarding this article to [email protected]

read in korean

Angela C. Hale