Don’t have a cow, man? Now North Korean farmers can get one at oxen marketplace
Recent DPRK law creates legal market for the draft animal in the most significant agricultural reform in years
North Korean agriculture is not well-mechanized, and many farms and farmers rely on draft animals. As a result, the state long treated oxen as a valuable resource that is solely the property of the state.
But a new law passed in 2021 and published by the South Korean National Intelligence Service late last year created a legal market for oxen for the first time, a move that could empower agricultural workers by giving them more autonomy over a significant production factor in a sector infamously mismanaged by the state.
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