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N. Korea's rice production to rise in 2016: U.N. report

2016/06/04 20:17

SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's rice production this year is expected to rise to 1.6 million tons, a news media report said Saturday, apparently due to favorable weather conditions.

Rice production this year is estimated at 1.6 million tons, an increase from 1.3 million tons from a year earlier, U.S.-based media Voice of America (VOA) said, after quoting a report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

"The North's rice output is expected to be more than 1.6 million tons this year," Kwon Tae-jin, an expert on the North's agriculture at the GS&J Institute, was quoted by the VOA as saying. "Weather, water and fertilizers were all well prepared."

   FAO forecast the country will additionally import 100,000 tons of rice this year to secure a total of 1.7 million tons, VOA said.

The agency further estimated the North to produce 2.5 million tons of corn this year, about the same level as last year, it said.