Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 20 October (Saturday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim (Ch’oe Yo’ng-rim) visited the Academy of Agricultural Science and a mine, farms and geological university in North Hwanghae Province. Choe’s first reported visit was to the Academy of Agricultural Science where toured its “experimental plot” and “learned about technical specifications, performance, etc. of farm machines newly manufactured and improved by the Institute of Agricultural Mechanization, Pyongyang University of Mechanical Engineering, Hamhung, Haeju and Kwaksan trailing farm machine plants and the Chongsan Cooperative Farm in Kangso District.” It was Choe’s second visit to the Academy of Agricultural Science during the month of October.
Choe later traveled to North Hwanghae Province. He visited U’np’a Coal Mine where “he learned in detail about the preparations for technological development to comprehensively use sapropelic coal.” According to KCNA Choe said that making “an effective use of this coal abundant in Unpha area is of weighty significance in developing economy and improving the standard of people’s living in North Hwanghae Province” and he “called upon the Cabinet and relevant units to render sincere help in the construction of pits at the U’np’a Coal Mine.” Choe met with managers and local officials and “discussed measures to undertake projects for the effective use of the coal in the area rich in that coal and favorable for mining and transporting it.”
Choe also visited the Sariwo’n University of Geology and cooperative farms in Hwangju County. According to KCNA, “hetook measures for solving issues in scientific researches of the educational and scientific institutions and adopting farming methods suitable to the regional characters.”