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DPRK Premier Visits Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm and Terrapin Farm

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim watches construction work at the expansion of the Taedonggang Terrapin (turtle species) Farm in Samso’k District in north east Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 6 November (Tuesday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim visited Taedonggang Terrapin Farm and the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm.  Choe’s first visit was to construction work to expand the Taedonggang Terrapin Factory.  KCNA reported that Choe “learned in detail about the scale of expansion, construction and the amount of raw materials needed for the project” and “encouraged the soldier-builders in their effort to successfully conclude this year’s work.”  According to KCNA Choe “called for ensuring speed and quality in the construction at the same time.”

After his tour of the construction, Choe convened a meeting with the farm’s officials.  KCNA reported that “meeting understood the significance and importance of the expansion of the production capacity of the factory” and that “technical measures were taken” which included “planned provision of necessary raw materials by the Cabinet and relevant units, and the technical work for the establishment of satisfactory feed provision system for breeding terrapin.”  According to KCNA Choe Yong Rim “underlined the need to properly establish a control system between the terrapin factory and several factories in the combined fruit farm area to suit to the specific conditions and solve issues concerning their operation in a responsible manner.”

Choe also visited the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm where KCNA reported that he “learned about the fruit production of the farm for this year and storing and sales.”  Choe Yong Rim also discussed with officials “measures of normalizing production in the water culture greenhouse of the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute in winter season.”

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