North Korea’s rice imports soar in March to largest monthly total of pandemic
Expert calls grain shipments ‘a big deal’ that could ensure more North Koreans can eat amid concerns about food shortage
Rice far outstripped all other North Korean imports from China in March, customs data shows, marking the largest monthly total for grain imports since the COVID-19 pandemic began over three years ago.
Beijing’s General Administration of Customs reported that the DPRK received more than 46,000 metric tons (46.76 million kilograms) of long-grain, whole or semi-milled rice worth China last month, worth $21.8 million in total.
The figure is far higher than in recent months, when the total value fluctuated from $5-17 million, and translates to roughly a quarter of North Korea’s average monthly rice production, according
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