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Kim Jong Un Visits Kosan Fruit Farm


(Photo: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was to a medical oxygen factory.
DPRK state media reported on September 18, 2016 (Sunday) Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-un) visited the Kosan Combined Fruit Farm. Also in attendance were director of Korean People’s Army (KPA) General Political Department VMAR Hwang Pyong So and first vice minister of the People’s Armed Forces Col Gen So Hong Chan.
His first stop was to the revolutionary history room “remodeled to convey to posterity the immortal revolutionary exploits performed by President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) on the farm.” He looked over the exhibition with keen attention and remarked that the farm founded under the far-reaching plan of the President turned into a combined fruit production base thanks to the loving care of Kim Jong Il.  Laudable successes achieved by the farm would be unthinkable without the devoted efforts exerted by Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il for indicating a bright prospect for the farm.  One should always remember how the history of the sea of apple orchards began at the foot of Ch’o’l Paass.”  He looked at the farm “from a bird’s eye view” and was “very please to hear that the farm expects to harvest more than 50 tons per hectare from the dozens of hectares of orchards this years.”

Kim Jong Un tours Kosan Combined Fruit Farm. Also in attendance, left, is 1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Colonel-General So Hong Chan (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

He toured the storage areas and “noted that officials and members of the Construction Shock Brigade 618 have successfully constructed the modern fruit store with a capacity of thousands of tons to be an impeccable one” and “highly praised them for making a positive contribution to developing the combined farm into the world’s leading young fruit farm.”
Whilst looking at the farm’s vehicle fleet, Jong Un ” was so kind as to promise to send more modern fruit-farming machines including power-driven sprayers to the farm.”  He stressed the  “need for the farm to intensify the drive for making leaping advance in production on the basis of the achievements made this year” and issued instructions about the farms’ management and operations.”  He remarked that “officials and employees of the farm has brought the greatest harvest of fruits in the history of Kosan by displaying the spirit of devotedly implementing the Party’s policies, bearing deep in mind the Party’s intention to sufficiently provide people with fruits. This farm is a model one and iconic one as it showed in practice how to carry out the Party policies.”

Kim Jong Un tours the Kosan Combined Fruit Farm in Kangwo’n Province on September 17, 2016 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Kim Jong Un “gave the farm special thanks in the name of the Central Committee of the WPK” and said the “news of the rich fruit harvest which visited the farm would instill enormous strength and courage into those service personnel and people who are working fresh miracles in turning adversity into favorable situation in the campaign for recovering from the flood damage in the northern part of the country by dint of single-minded unity.”  He also expressed his “expectation and belief that officials and employees of the farm would develop the farm into a standard farm befitting a highly civilized socialist nation and the one to be proud of before the world and bring about fresh leaping progress in fruit production every year through the army-people coordinated operation.”

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