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FAO estimates North Korean rice output in 2018 at last year's level

2018/07/13 10:22

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SEOUL, July 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's rice production in the fall of 2018 is estimated to be similar to last year's volume of about 1.6 million tons, an American broadcaster said Friday, citing a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Voice of America said the FAO also estimated the North's corn output to remain almost unchanged from last year at about 2.4 million tons.

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

According to the FAO, North Koreans are expected to consume 58.4 kilograms of rice and 81 kg of corn per person this year, which means the per-capita daily consumption of rice and corn amounts to just 380 grams, compared with the U.N. recommendation of 600 grams.

In June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a similar report, estimating the North's rice output this fall at 1.6 million tons, up slightly from 1.55 million tons a year earlier.

The U.S. department, which uses satellites and other research methods to monitor the North's crop cultivation, forecast that Pyongyang's rice imports would reach 80,000 tons this year.