SEOUL, 19 Feb. (Yonhap) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a greenhouse in the east of the country and stressed the importance of modernizing agriculture for rural development, state media reported on Saturday.
Kim dug the first shovel of earth on Friday marking the start of construction of the Ryonpho greenhouse farm in Hamju County, eastern South Hamgyong Province, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). .
Construction is expected to be completed by October 10, the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party.
In his speech, Kim mentioned the importance of the modern greenhouse, which will help teach advanced agricultural technologies and serve as a new base for rural civilization, according to the report.
Kim also encouraged the soldiers who were sent to participate in the construction.
In footage released by Northern State Television, Kim was seen waving to the crowd as she stood through a sunroof in what appeared to be an imported luxury sport utility vehicle.
Kim’s visit appears to be aimed at bolstering his drive for rural development, a major task he spelled out at a key plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party held in December amid chronic food shortages and turmoil. other economic difficulties.
Also present at Friday’s event were Jo Yong-won, a senior ruling party official and other military officials, the KCNA said.