The country's authorities called the struggle for the production of fertilizers the main strategy for the beginning of the year.

The country’s authorities called the struggle for the production of fertilizers the main strategy for the beginning of the year.

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In one of his utopian novels, the writer Vladimir Voinovich suggested that people would be forced to hand over their waste products in exchange for access to food. He even put the slogan into the mouths of the heroes of this work: “Whoever hands over a secondary product eats well.”

Voinovich’s fantastic prediction came true in the DPRK.

Agriculture in North Korea is suffering without the Chinese fertilizer supply disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Trying to somehow resolve the issue of nutrients for crops, the DPRK leadership introduced quotas for human excrement, from which fertilizers will be made.

The country’s authorities called the struggle for the production of fertilizers the main strategy for the beginning of the year. In order to stimulate the production of plant food at home, the residents of the country are told that they will receive special coupons after fulfilling their quota.

According to the Daily NK, special coupons will serve as a kind of passes to food markets. Also, residents of the DPRK were announced that from now on, the markets will be reduced by one hour, and they will be open from 15:00 to 17:00.

A situation reminiscent of one of the episodes of the movie “The Martian”, of course, could be funny. If everything were not so sad – there is a serious shortage of food in North Korea, and a decrease in crop yields amid a lack of fertilizers could become truly fatal.

Local residents say market passes violate their right to survive, but they are hesitant to openly protest against the government’s decision.

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