North Korea’s on-year fertilizer imports see major dip ahead of planting season
State media recently called on people to make fertilizer ‘by their own strength,’ an apparent euphemism for human waste
North Korea has imported much less fertilizer so far this year compared to the same period in previous years, newly released customs data shows, a conspicuous absence of a key input right ahead of the country’s planting seasons.
According to China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC), North Korea imported just $2 million worth of fertilizer between January and March this year, all of which came in February. This compares to $9.2 million worth of fertilizer in March 2021, representing a nearly 80% decline year-over-year despite higher overall trade levels this year.
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