KCNA is reporting that lots of city people have gone to the country to help the farmers.
Pyongyang, June 2 (KCNA) — Many people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are out in helping the rural communities in rice transplantation, in response to the call of the Workers’ Party of Korea for channeling all effort into farming.
Ministries, national institutions, agencies, enterprises and residential units have rendered manpower to the cooperative farms, while giving material and technical assistance to the rural economy.
The Machine-Building Industry, Forestry, Posts and Telecommunications, Light Industry and other ministries have sent farming materials, farm machine parts, several hundred pieces of small farm implements and consumer goods to the rural communities.
Electricity has been supplied preferentially to the countryside.
The Hungnam Fertilizer Complex and other relevant establishments throughout the country are mass-producing various kinds of efficacious fertilizers suitable to biological features of crops.
Artistes from Pyongyang and local areas are finding themselves on farms to encourage peasants and helpers in their rice transplantation.
Medical workers are also offering field service to them.
The rice transplanting is progressing apace thanks to nationwide assistance.
Analysis. Translation. Many people were herded out of the cities for the annual trek to the farms to help transplant the meager rice crop because the farmers are too malnourished to do it themselves. The Machine Building Industry et. al. have shipped off the minimum number of hand tools required to get the job done with the additional people power. The Army said no to anything mechanized.
Electricity has been provided preferentially to the farms because nobody is home in the cities. Take a look at the fameous picture of Korea at night with the South lit up and the North dark. What electricity?!!!
The Hungnam (of Korean War fame) Fertilizer Company stopped making explosives for a few days to make the minimum amount of fertilizer required for the transplanting to be mostly successful.
The rice transplanting is progressing a pace and just might work if we throw enough people at it. However, the Korean People’s Army where all the really needed resources exist is a bit busy at the moment. They are standing by to repel the attack from the South. Besides, they will take all the rice anyway.