North Korea faces a food crisis || Prices shoot up

North Korea experiences surge in food prices

The supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un in a meeting of the central committee of the country’s ruling party said the food situation is “tensed” as per state-run news agency KCNA.

The people’s food situation is now getting tense as the agricultural sector failed to fulfill its grain production plan due to the damage by typhoon last year,” Kim said.

Prices of essential food item have skyrocketed states the report. In the country’s capital Pyongyang, 1 kg of bananas sells for $45 (about ₹3,335), a packet of black tea for $70 (about ₹5,190) and a packet of coffee for $100 (₹7,414). Read Karnataka eases COVID-19 restrictions

Kim Jong Un had urged the party workers to resolve the problem of food shortage at the earliest. How this problem is going to be resolved is unclear, since the country remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Though the country has officially not confirmed any COVID-19 cases, it has imposed a very strict anti-virus measures which includes closure of borders and travel restrictions. North Korea is heavily reliant on China for many items that it cannot produce, including food and fuel.

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