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N. Korea's autumn rice output to grow to 1.6 million tons this year: report

All Headlines 10:39 October 24, 2018

SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's rice production in the fall of this year is expected to slightly increase from last year to reach about 1.6 million tons, an American broadcaster reported Wednesday, citing a United States government report.

The report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture also forecast that North Korea is expected to import about 80,000 tons of rice by year's end in consideration of its grain supply circumstances, according to Radio Free Asia (RFA).

The report said the North's rice output this autumn will grow 50,000 tons from last year to approximately 1.6 million tons.

An undated file photo shows North Korean farmers harvesting rice. (Yonhap)

Compared with an output of 1.67 million tons recorded in the same period of 2016, however, this year's volume will mark a decrease of about 70,000 tons.

The U.S. government's forecast of the North's rice output was made based on data from satellites and international organizations, RFA said.

Washington has estimated the yields of major crops in North Korea each month by analyzing satellite photos of the North's major grain fields and the cultivation status of crops.

Meanwhile, RFA said that despite North Korea's grain shortage, the U.S. government still remains negative about expanding the international community's grain aid to the North.

It also noted that North Korea has not been included in the U.S. Agency for International Development's list of aid recipients for the seventh consecutive year.

ycm@yna.co.kr
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