Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and command of a mobile missile drill on September 5.
DPRK state media reported on September 13 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited Farm #1116 of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #810. Also in attendance were KPA General Political Department Director and State Affairs Commission [SAC] Vice Chairman VMAR Hwang Pyong So [Hwang Pyo’ng-so’], Workers’ Party of Korean [WPK] Vice Chairman and Director of the WPK Economic Affairs Department O Su Yong [O Su-yong], WPK Central Committee Department Deputy Director Jo Yong Won [Cho Yo’ng-wo’n] and SAC Department Director Han Kwang Sang [Han Kwang-sang].
Jong Un “looked round” the harvested crops and was briefed about the farm’s corn and rice. Whilst seeing the corn “as big a forearm, well ripe rice ears and other crops with a bright smile on his face,” he “expressed great satisfaction over the results” and noted “that every achievement made by the farm would make him feel refreshed and pleasant.”
He said that “President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) who had walked lanes across farm fields in their lifetime in all weather to solve the food problems for the people would have been very glad to those new high-yielding varieties of crops.” He toured the farm and was briefed about seed production. Jong Un was “very satisfied over the fact that the farm bred a high-yield strain of maize suitable to the country’s climatic and soil conditions.” He noted that the “new strain of maize is resistant to rainy wind for its low height and very fit for double cropping as its growth period is less than other strains…its per-hectare yield is beyond a preconceived idea.”
Jong Un noted that “the farm’s officials and researchers had bred a good strain of dry-field rice which is high yield and strongly resistant to drought and harmful insects through their protracted inquiry and painstaking efforts.” He “gave his thanks to the officials, scientists and researchers” and praised “their merits for the breeding of new strains and maize and dry-field rice.” Whilst “watching several crops under trial cultivation at the farm’s modern greenhouse,” Kim Jong Un stressed “the need to further consolidate the material and technical foundations of the farm and said that would he help build one more modern greenhouse bases on the latest technology.”
He issued instructions for the management of farm and “named the new strain of maize P’yo’ngok 9.” He called “for breeding more good strains which ensure a safe harvest with less fertilizer and are resistant to drought, rainy wind, cold weather, high temperature and harmful insects” and he expressed his “belief that officials and party members and other employees of the farm would full discharge their honorable mission and duty as the standard-bearer and vanguard in implementing the WPK’s policy of brining about a radical turn in seed improvement.”