July 31, 2008

North Korea Holds National Workshop on Agro-Forestry 29-31 July

Text of report in English by state-run North Korean news agency KCNA

Pyongyang, July 31 (KCNA) - A national workshop on Agro-forestry was held at the People's Palace of Culture from July 29 to 31.

It was attended by officials of the Ministry of Land and Environment Preservation, the Ministry of Agriculture, universities and scientific research units.

Present there were also resident representatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and various cooperation organizations of the European Union.

Addressing the workshop, Choe Sang Ho, a department director of the Ministry of Land and Environment Preservation, noted that a brisk campaign is launched in the DPRK to solve the national, regional and global environmental issues and ensure the food safety for the present and thus to better the people's living standard.

He elaborated on successes and experience made in the course of developing the agro-forestry technology which is economically profitable and environmentally safe on sloping lands and beneficial in society.

Kathi Zellweger, representative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, in the DPRK hoped in her congratulatory speech that the workshop would be conducive to developing the agro- forestry in the country.

The workshop discussed a number of issues including the concept and actual necessity of the agro-forestry, government's policies on general utilization of mountains and greening of the whole country, possible form of the agro-forestry on sloping lands and scientific research, education and training for developing, extending and disseminating the agro-forestry technology.

It also dealt with various issues such as building well the demonstration sites for the agro-forestry and expanding them according to ecological regions, increasing organizational capacity for extending and disseminating the agro-forestry and strengthening international intercourse and cooperation.

On July 30 the participants in the workshop visited Suan County, North Hwanghae Province, a demonstration site of the agro-forestry.

Originally published by KCNA, Pyongyang, in English 1137 31 Jul 08.

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