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North Korean economy seems to be focusing on potato production

It is well-known that North Korea’s primary food product is rice. However, the country’s state media of late has been featuring less rice, focusing more on potatoes.

According to a new report by NK News, that’s might not be a very positive sign for how things are going in that country. The report said: “Food has always carried a political meaning in the DPRK, and images of North Koreans happily munching away on white rice—a traditional symbol of prosperity—are now being replaced with the more humble spud.”

According to an article on, examples of this have included North Korean cooking shows and news reports emphasizing the potato. This, per the report, is the result of various crises that have affected the country in the last couple of years, including coronavirus, the effects of economic sanctions, and multiple typhoons.

North Korea is said to spend 25 percent of its GDP on its military, as many of its people go hungry. Meanwhile, Covid-19 has reportedly devastated the country, with the return of students to school repeatedly delayed. There are also reports of a pig shortage in the country, due to African Swine Fever, and also that economic consumption in North Korea has been reduced significantly.

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