Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 6 August (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited a livestock farm near Ungok, South P’yo’ngan Province. KJU’s last reported public appearance was at a meeting and dinner party for Wang Jiarui and a delegation of the Communist Party of China Central Committee International Department in Pyongyang on 2 August. The farm was constructed during 2001-2002. Located approximately 14 miles (22 km) southeast of Anju, KJU’s visit to the farm most likely presented him with the opportunity to see some of the damage caused by extensive flooding during June and July.
According to KCNA he was accompanied by VMar Choe Ryong Hae, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, Kim Pyong Ho and Hwang Pyong So. Also in attendance was his wife Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu). During his inspection, Kim Jong Un visited a cattle farm, pig farm and a farm for goats and sheep. He also visited the farm’s research facility where, according to KCNA, he said, “In order to keep animal production going at a high rate it is necessary to develop scientific researches into this field, take proper veterinary and anti-epizootic measures, steadily improve the control of equipment and technical management and consistently raise the level of employees’ technical skills.” KJU also conveyed his “expectation and belief that all units would turn out in the drive to develop stockbreeding in hearty response to the Party’s call for breeding grass-eating animals in a big way.”
He first visited the beef cattle breeding farm.
He looked round all modern processes of the farm to acquaint himself with the production of calves of good stock needed by cattle farms.
He said that it is necessary to breed more cattle of good stock high in viability and productivity in order to rapidly increase the production of beef and milk.
Then he went round the pig breeding farm.
While going round its inside and outside, he learned in detail about the breeding of pigs.
Breeding livestock is essential for stockbreeding, he said, underscoring the need to minutely organize the work to preserve and improve the characteristic features of pigs.
He then went to the goat house.
He watched with keen attention goats and sheep of new species, faster in breeding, higher in gaining in weight and higher in the quality of chevon and mutton than local ones.
He said the goats and sheep being bred on the farm are good species of high economic efficiency, calling for steadily pushing forward the work to breed and propagate those goats and sheep of good stock to suit the actual conditions of the country.
What is important in stockbreeding is to take thoroughgoing measures to ensure feed, he noted, underlining the need to successfully create pasture to produce more edible goats and sheep.
He also underscored the need to solve the issue of feed by working hard to create artificial grass fields on an extensive scale in addition to pasture.
He also visited the Institute for Domestic Animals of Good Stock of the combined stock farm.
He said that it is most important to energetically push forward scientific researches in order to put stockbreeding on a scientific and industrial basis.
He called on the farm and the relevant units to take measures to send various modern equipment needed for scientific researches and provide researchers with advanced scientific and technological information in good time.
In order to keep animal production going at a high rate it is necessary to develop scientific researches into this field, take proper veterinary and anti-epizootic measures, steadily improve the control of equipment and technical management and consistently raise the level of employees’ technical skills, he added.
Noting that the combined stock farm is one of the important stockbreeding bases supplying a lot of domestic animals of good stock to other farms and producing tasty and nutritive meat and milk, he set forth important tasks which would serve as guidelines for operating the breeding farm.
He called for realizing without fail the wishes of leader Kim Jong Il who worked heart and soul in his lifetime to provide the people with more meat, eggs, milk and other nutritive subsidiary food, expressing expectation and belief that all units would turn out in the drive to develop stockbreeding in hearty response to the Party’s call for breeding grass-eating animals in a big way.
He was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, Hyon Chol Hae, Kim Pyong Ho and Hwang Pyong So.