August 6, 2008

North Korea Reports Efforts to Expand Agroforestry

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

Pyongyang, August 6 (KCNA) - Activities for expanding and disseminating the agro-forestry are being conducted in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The country has limited Arable land and nearly 80 per cent of its territory is mountainous. Under this condition, to expand and disseminate the agro-forestry is an important lever to guarantee the food safety, improve the people's living standard and achieve a comprehensive development of the countryside.

The basic environment has been made in the country to introduce and expand the agro-forestry, a sustainable land management system, which makes it possible to enhance the environmental protection function of the ecosystem and to get a maximum economic profit from it.

In order to realize the policy of making best use of mountains and to green the whole country, the government has set a period of general mobilization for land management and undertaken a nation- wide campaign for land management. And it has taken measures to build well sapling nurseries and to strengthen the functional ability of the land and environmental protection and forestry institutions.

Based on it, the government lets the local areas combine new agro- forestry technology with the experience gained in the cultivation of trees and crops adapted to the climatic and soil conditions of the given sloping areas while making an effective use of the experience.

It is allowed to use the slopping lands in such a manner as to ensure profits of the local people while planting trees and creating bio-protection belts.

Efforts are being exerted to international cooperation and exchange for expanding and disseminating agro-forestry.

The Ministry of Land and Environment Conservation started to carry the slopping land management project into practice in close contact with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the DPRK from juche [juche] 93 (2004).

In these years, the effectiveness of the agro-forestry has been proved and a model for the slopping land management created in Suan County, North Hwanghae Province. Meanwhile, the organizational ability of all provinces, cities and counties has also been raised so as to manage sloping lands in an environmentally safe way.

The country is increasing the cooperation scale by expanding the slopping land management project to the overall areas of North Hwanghae Province from this year.

Colourful events including the national workshop on agro- forestry are sponsored in the country to expand and disseminate the agro-forestry.

Originally published by KCNA, Pyongyang, in English 0839 6 Aug 08.

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