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NORTH KOREA: Agronomist Finds a Niche in Introducing Advanced Farming Method

NORTH KOREA: Agronomist Finds a Niche in Introducing Advanced Farming Method | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

According to an article in the Pyongyang Times, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) is now widely introduced into farms across the DPRK thanks to Mun Myong Chol, section chief of the rice research institute of the Academy of Agricultural Science. After searching through hundreds of documents and undertaking repeated field tests, he overcame various problems related to differences in rice seedling growing, rice-transplantation, water conservation, manuring fertilizers and weeding techniques.

Mun Myong Chol selected the Chonsam Cooperative Farm in Anbyon County, Kangwon Province, as a trial site for SRI, though it had many more difficult conditions like serious cold-weather damage, strong wind and frequent rain. He gave demonstrations, short courses and presentations and farmers adopted SRI little by little. A farmer explained his experience: “The SRI helps save 20 times more seeds, 30 times more vinyl sheets, and 20-50%  more water than the traditional method. This method has sharply reduced manpower required for farming processes, including seedbed preparation and management and rice transplantation.” SRI is being introduced on an expansion basis into cooperative farms across the country including Pyongyang and North Phyongan Province, and Kangwon Province; it has made it possible to increase 1.5-2 tons of more paddy rice yield per hectare. “I want to contribute to making our country perfectly realize self-sufficiency in food as soon as possible,” said Mun Myong Chol.

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NORTH KOREA (DPRK): Scientific farming to be promoted to increase output

KCNA Watch: "We will work harder to increase grain output this year, the fourth year of the implementation of the five-year strategy for national economic development. The pivot in increased grain production is scientific farming. Cooperative farms will be encouraged to introduce advanced farming methods, including the system of rice intensification, dense planting of maize and rational distribution of earlier and later crops for double or triple cropping, so as to drastically increase per-hectare yield. In paddy rice farming, it is important to introduce water-saving methods, take preventive measures against damage from drought and rainy season and constantly raise the scientific level of blight forecasting."

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NORTH KOREA: “북에 신농법전수, 20% 증산”

NORTH KOREA: “북에 신농법전수, 20% 증산” | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

중국 랴오닝성 다롄 사무소에서 북한 지원을 전담하는 루이스 박사는 평안남도의 협력 농장에서 추수 현황을 조사했으며 친우봉사단이 전수한 새로운 벼농사법으로 생산성이 향상됐음을 확인했다고 말했습니다.
린다 루이스 박사: 새로운 모내기 법과 화학비료를 많이 쓰지 않아도 잘 자라는 종자를 개발해서 협력 관계인 북한 내 협동 농장에 지원했습니다. 이전보다 쌀 수확량이 20% 가량 늘었습니다.
루이스 박사는 이 단체가 고난의 행군 시절인 1990년대 중반부터 북한을 지원했다면서 최근에는 새로운 농사 기술을 전수해서 더 많은 쌀을 생산하도록 돕고 있다고 설명했습니다.

SRI-Rice's insight:

SRI adoption has increased rice production by 20% in a program in South Pyongan Province in North Korea; American Friend Service has been promoting SRI adaptation there for a number of years.

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NORTH KOREA: Agriculture Consultant Employment in Democratic People's Republic of Korea

NORTH KOREA: Agriculture Consultant Employment in Democratic People's Republic of Korea | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (includes SRI):
DPRK Agriculture Consultant 
Deadline to apply April 23, 2019
Project Duration: July 2018 to Dec. 2019
Project Objective: Improve the quality of life for rural populations in North Hwanghae Province, North Korea, through improved food security/health.
Consultancy Purpose: To provide agricultural technical input to Mission East’s food security activities in Singye County, North Hwanghae, DPRK.

Consultancy Objectives:
• Support Mission East’s planning for the project’s food security activities
• Discuss new farming methods and agree on activity plans with farm management, technicians and other stakeholders.
• Train farm managers and workers on Conservation Agriculture (CA) and System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and support demo plots establishment
• Plan and design agroforestry sites with farm management and oversee plant procurement
• Coordinate with other food security actors in DPRK

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More info: https://uncareer.net/vacancy/agriculture-consultant-224026

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NORTH KOREA: 북에 신농법 전수 미 NGO, 여행금지 후 첫 방북

NORTH KOREA: 북에 신농법 전수 미 NGO, 여행금지 후 첫 방북 | SRI Global News: Nov. 2023 - Jan. 2024 **sririce.org -- System of Rice Intensification | Scoop.it

미국의 비정부 구호단체인 미국친우봉사단(American Friends Service Committee) 의 북한 사업 담당자가 행정부의 북한 여행금지령 이후 처음으로 협력 관계인 북한의 4개 농장을 돌아봤다고 이 단체의 워싱턴 사무소장이 29일 자유아시아방송(RFA)에 밝혔습니다. 친우봉사단은 새로운 모내기 법과 화학비료를 많이 쓰지 않아도 잘 자라는 종자를 개발해서 북한 내 협력관계인 협동 농장들에 지원하고 있습니다. 북한 사업 담당자인 루이스 박사도 자유아시아방송과의 인터뷰에서 새로운 농법이 쌀 수확 증가로 이어졌다고 말한 바 있습니다. 린다 루이스 박사: 새로운 농법을 협력 관계인 북한 내 협동 농장들에 지원하고 있습니다. 이전보다 쌀 수확량이 20% 가량 늘었습니다.  루이스 박사는 이 단체가 고난의 행군 시절인 1990년대 중반부터 북한을 지원했다면서 최근에는 새로운 농사 기술을 전수해서 더 많은 쌀을 생산하도록 돕고 있다고 설명했습니다. 작물의 수량과 모종을 내다 심는 시기를 맞추는 일명 '지속가능 뿌리 강화'(System of Rice Intensification) 농법을 도입하고 플라스틱 육모상자를 사용한 것이 효과적이었다고 덧붙였습니다.

SRI-Rice's insight:

The American Friends Service Committee, an NGO promoting SRI and other ag innovations in North Korea for the past decade, has made its first trip to DPRK since the the travel ban. The use of SRI with plastic trays for seedlings has increased yields by 20% in the cooperatives where SRI has been introduced. AFSC's is continuing  to promote its agriculture projects in N. Korea. [See 2012 video for details on the use of plastic tray for SRI there.]

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