North Korea touts the “extraordinary” health benefits of eating black swan as food shortages worsen


North Korea has begun to advertise the “exceptional” health benefits of consuming black swan after breeding, as the country fights a serious food shortage, according to national media.

“The meat of black birds is delicious and medicinal,” the Rodong Sinmun newspaper of the ruling party said in an article released on Monday.

According to the newspaper, Ri Pjong-nam, the chief secretary of South Hamgyong Province, led the ceremony the day before to open a new Black Swan Center at Gwangfodak Farm in Jungfyeong County on the east coast.

National media previously referred to Black Swan Meat as “a good health food of the 21st century with a unique taste and very high nutritional value,” and research on the breeding of “rare ornamental birds” for food was conducted in the spring of 2019. NK News reported that it started in. They also said it contained rare “anti-cancer” properties.

Black swan breeding has led to the failure of large-scale agriculture to supply enough food to North Korea and recent government COVID-19-related regulations that have significantly blocked food and other imports since early 2020. The aim is to address both. , NK News said.

Black Swan is a large waterfowl found primarily in the southeastern and southwestern parts of Australia, but has also been introduced in several countries, including New Zealand.

Meanwhile, in July last year, the Ministry of Defense (MPAF) ordered soldiers and their families to raise rabbits. DielyNK The website has been reported.

Each soldier was instructed to breed 15 rabbits and assess their progress according to the Daily NK.

North Korea became one of the first countries in the world to completely close its borders early in the COVID-19 pandemic.The government claimed that there were no records of COVID-19 infection in September. Offering nearly 3 million COVID-19 jabsAccording to reports, there are many reports that the country has witnessed viral infections and deaths. Human Rights Watch.

Meanwhile, trade with China fell by nearly 81% in 2020, and the government has significantly reduced imports of staple foods and other necessities (including pharmaceuticals) from China in accordance with HRW.

Multiple floods between June and September of this year Thousands of homes damaged It destroyed crops and put additional strain on the economic crisis, agricultural production and food shortages.

North Korea is also struggling under the international sanctions imposed for its nuclear program. Last month, the country test-launched a “new type” of ballistic missiles from a submarine off the east coast toward the Sea of ​​Japan.

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) say that about 6 million people, or a quarter of the population, suffer from malnutrition.

Nevertheless, the North Korean government has repeatedly refused to offer international aid.

The breeding of black swan and the promotion of their expected health benefits were promoted by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. September 29th speech “In order to lead a stable and prosperous life, we should make the first effort for the development of agriculture,” he said to North Korea. “By rapidly developing agricultural production, the food problem will be completely resolved in the near future. He noted the party’s determination to “remove.”

The dictator also called for “a resolute increase in goats and cattle and a large-scale campaign to breed rabbits,” in response to the request of “the party’s policy of obtaining meat from grass in the livestock sector.” rice field.

June, Kim Jong Un Admitted The domestic food crisis told senior leaders that “people’s food situation is now tense.”

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Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She focuses primarily on the United States and covers the news and business of The Epoch Times.

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