(PresidentialWire.com)- North Korea has told its people that until the country re-opens its border with China in 2025, they should expect to eat less food.
Officials told North Koreans, who are already experiencing food shortages, to further tighten their belts at least for another three years. This comes as grim news to people who are already in a panic over how they will make it through another winter under these extreme conditions.
As a precautionary measure during the coronavirus pandemic, North Korea closed its border with China in January 2020. This decision had a significant impact on the nation’s economy, with prices on everyday goods skyrocketing as demand far outstripped the dwindling supply.
As it is, some North Koreans believe that the chances the border reopens in 2025 are slim.
This past year, despite the current food shortages, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has continued to push the idea of self-reliance. In July, the Central Committee instructed the public to begin growing their own food to combat the shortages.
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, it is estimated that North Korea is short approximately 860,000 tons of food this year.
The North Korean government places the blame for these food shortages on external factors like Western sanctions, natural disasters, and the COVID global pandemic.
Last year, North Korea suffered severe flooding that damaged vital crops and left hundreds of families homeless. This year, droughts and subsequent flooding also damaged crops.
In August, heavy rains in northeastern North Korea destroyed or flooded 1,170 houses, forcing 5,000 residents to evacuate.
Suitable land for farming is in short supply in mountainous North Korea. And many of its farmers lack the appropriate tools and equipment necessary – like tractors, combine harvesters and threshers — to grow on a large scale. As a result, North Korea must rely on foreign imports and aid to feed its population.
A 2017 UN report concluded that two-fifths of the population are undernourished and a third of its children are believed to be stunted from lack of caloric intake.