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North Korea has encouraged citizens to use their own feces to make manure, as the agricultural sector grapples with a shortage of fertilizer for crops, according to media reports.

According to a Daily NK report, “the whole country is mobilized for the production of manure.“The report, citing a source in North Hamgyong Province, claimed that residents had started.”produce fertilizers from human wasteTo meet manure production quotas, introduced by Pyongyang last week.

Quotas range from 150 kilograms of manure for a household to 500 kilograms for a worker in a state plant. The authorities even reduced the opening hours of the food market in January, which now operates from 3 to 5 in the afternoon instead of from 2 to 5, so people have “an extra hour to produce manure.

North Korea suffers from a shortage of agricultural manure used as a fertilizer substitute for crops. The country was buying manure from China and South Korea, but Chinese imports were blocked after North Korea closed its borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic in January 2020. In March 2021, Pyongyang has also refused manure deliveries from South Korea to underscore its demand for an end to US and UN sanctions. Now getting enough manure is considered number one in the country ”struggleFor 2022, the reports say.


Fertilizer made from human faeces is not entirely unusual for North Korea. Radio Free Asia reported earlier this year that farmers were asked to contribute two liters of their urine each day to help produce compost.

Still, it can be hard to over-rely on ‘homemade’ manure – the country is sorely lacking in food amid typhoons and pandemic-induced border closures. Poor harvests combined with almost no outside deliveries led the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to admit last summer that the food situation in North Korea was “”tense. “In October, a Reuters report citing analysts and a United Nations expert asserted that the food crisis remained severe after poor harvests, and there were also reports of increased humanitarian aid shipments from China. .

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