North and South Korea join to set-up hog farm
It was announced yesterday by a South Korean official
that a jointly operated hog farm will be established in the North Korean capital
Pyongyang in a combined effort by both North and South Korea to help alleviate
the communist North's drastic food shortages.
This significant step is part of a series of accords to
ease cross border tensions and increase economic trade reached by both leaders -
President Roh Moo-hyun (South Korea) and Kim Jong Il (North Korea) - in early
North Korea was ravaged by famine in the mid-1990s and has been
struggling to increase its production of grain in recent years.
The farm will be
operated out of Pyongyang firstly for a two-year trial period. Around 5,000 hogs
are to be bred there.
The hogs, feed, equipment and other materials to
build the farm will be provided by South Korea and the land, electricity, water
and labour will come from the North Korean side.
Park Won-jae, a
spokesman at South Korea's Unification Ministry in Seoul, commented that the
'animals are not intended for export to South Korea of elsewhere'. "They are
being raised to solve the North's food shortage problem."
â€¢ Unification Ministry
of South Korea
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