DPRK state media reported that DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim visited agricultural and food production facilities in South Hwanghae Province. Choe’s public appearances occurred amid reports of a drought in the western part of the country and starvation deaths in South Hwanghae. On 24 May (Thursday) Choe visited Samjigang Cooperative Farm in Chaeryo’ng County. KCNA reports:
It is associated with the leadership provided by the President and leader Kim Jong Il. It has completed rice transplanting in the right time while giving priority to harrowing according to the features of soil and thoroughly ensuring the number of rice plants for phyong and the number for rice plants. The agricultural workers of the farm are turning out as one in weeding and preventing drought, not content with their proud achievements.
The premier stressed the need to set a model of the country in farming this year, too, true to the behests of Kim Jong Il and thus remain loyal to the Songun revolutionary leadership of Kim Jong Un with rice.
On 25 May (Friday) Choe visited cooperative farms and water infrastructure in Yo’nan and Paech’o'n counties:
All the agricultural workers of the counties are gaining achievements in the ongoing rice transplanting with ardent patriotism to bring about a decisive turn in settling the food issue as befitting the masters of the country’s granary true to the high intention of the dear respected Kim Jong Un.
The premier went round the Ohyon and Suwon cooperative farms and other places.
He underlined the need for the farms to carry through the behests of President Kim Il Sung and thereby continue glorifying the honor of the units of his on-the-spot guidance. He underscored the need to positively study and introduce high yields of seeds as intended by the WPK so as to set a model in grain production. He stressed the need to readjust tractors and rice transplanting machines well to keep them in full-capacity and for relevant units to provide substantial fertilizers according to periods.
Learning about water storage and provision of Lake Kuam and the Ryeui Reservoir, he underscored the need to provide substantial water to paddy and non-paddy fields as it does not rain at present and thus take concrete measures for preventing drought.
On 26 May (Saturday) Choe visited farms in Anhak and Sinch’o'n counties, as well as a salt production site:
The farms associated with the leadership exploits of the great persons of Mt. Paektu have made successes in their immediate farming by making full arrangements for finishing the on-going rice-transplantation and other farm work qualitatively in the right time with ardent desire to reap a rich harvest.
The farms have taken measures for speeding up the rice-transplantation and overcoming the drought despite unfavorable weather as required by the Juche-oriented farming methods.
The premier highlighted the importance of settling the food shortage in building a thriving nation and called on all officials and other agricultural workers to play their role as those responsible for the nation’s agricultural production.
He also stressed the need to meet technological requirements for harrowing and winding up the rice-transplanting in right season.
He underlined the need for all officials to take good care of the farmers’ living as their mothers would do by earnestly learning from the dear respected Kim Jong Un’s noble outlook on people.
He called on the relevant units to take steps for supplying farm materials needed for rice-transplantation in good time.
Then the premier visited the construction site of Hwangnam Youth Saltern in the province nearing its completion.
The construction of the saltern, covering hundreds of hectares, made it possible to produce a large quantity of salt for the economic development and improvement of people’s living standard in the province.
Looking round the saltern ensuring economic profitability, the premier called for upholding the party with increased output of salt by conducting an effective work for raising the workers’ technical skill.