15 December 1998
North Korea’s grain harvest to rise

SOUTH KOREAS unification ministry has forecast that North Koreas grain harvest will rise to about 4 million tonnes this year, up 13% on last year.

The South Korean Government also predicts that the North will face grain shortages next year of some 1.3-1.5m tonnes.

A ministry spokesman said the calculations assumed individual consumption levels of 600g per person per day.

North Korean agriculture has been severely damaged by floods and drought since 1995, leaving the country dependent on aid.

The World Food Programme says that about 4.5m tonnes of grain are required to feed North Koreas 20m people.

  • Financial Times 15/12/98 page 8 (News Digest)