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Kim Jong Un Visits Vegetable Science and Pyongyang Floriculture Institutes

Kim Jong Un (C) tours a greenhouse in the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute. Also seen in attendance is Jang Song Taek (R), Vice Chairman of the National Defense Commission and Director of the Korean Workers’ Party Administration Department (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 21 September (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Pyongyang Floricultural Institute and the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute.  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his attendance of the “Arirang” Mass Games.  At his visit to the research institutes, KJU was accompanied by Jang Song Taek, Kim Ki Nam, Ri Jae Il, Ri Ryong Ha, Pak Tae Song, Kim Pyong Ho and Pak Chun Hong.  Kim Jong Un’s first stop was to the Vegetable Science Institute where he toured greenhouses, laboratories and research facilities.  KCNA reported that during his visit, KJU discussed alternative energy sources (“Only when geothermal, solar heat and wind power energy are widely used for heating greenhouses, is it possible to reduce production cost and ensure profitability in operating them”)  and described the institute as “a sea of greenhouses. . .stressing the need for all provinces to build such greenhouses.”  Before attending a commemorative photo session with the Vegetable Science Institute’s staff he “expressed expectation that the scientists and employees of the institute would achieve great successes in researches and production of vegetables.”

Kim Jong Un examines floral arrangements during a visit to the Pyongyang Floriculture Institute (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un’s second visit was to the Pyongyang Floriculture Institute.  He was briefed about the floricultural institute’s ongoing research and activities.  KCNA reported that KJU “expressed his great satisfaction over the fact that the institute increased its production capacity more than 20 times than that in the past, making it possible to send lots of flowers to the flower shops.”  He toured a greenhouse growing orchids and a manufacturing facility, then attended a photo-op with the institute’s employees.    After telling the floricultural institute’s employees to “import world-famous species of flowers and acclimatize them to the climatic and soil conditions of the country,” KCNA reported that he “underlined the need for the floricultural research field to actively learn from good experience of other countries.”  According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “extended his thanks to the teaching staff and students of Kim Il Sung University, soldier builders, scientists and employees for their patriotic devotion to the construction of the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute and the Pyongyang Floriculture Institute.”


One comment on “Kim Jong Un Visits Vegetable Science and Pyongyang Floriculture Institutes

  1. Gag Halfrunt

    Perhaps the Pyongyang Floriculture Institute is breeding a Kimjongunia…

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