North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pushes for increased poultry production amid food shortages

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited the newly constructed Kwangchon Chicken Farm, emphasizing the urgent need to boost poultry production for a “substantial change” in the people’s living standards.

Amid ongoing food shortages in North Korea, leader Kim Jong-un has shifted focus to the agricultural sector, particularly poultry production. This was evident during his visit to the recently constructed Kwangchon Chicken Farm in Hwangju County, North Hwanghae Province.

Accompanied by his daughter, Ju-ae, Kim toured the facility, highlighting the importance of significantly increasing poultry production to enhance the availability of meat and eggs for the population. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Kim’s emphasis on the need to continuously expand production capacity, aiming to meet the people’s dietary needs more effectively.

This move aligns with North Korea’s broader strategy to address chronic food shortages, a situation that has led to reported starvation-related deaths in certain regions. The country is also planning to construct another chicken farm in Pyongyang this year, reflecting a commitment to bolstering food production.

The Kwangchon Chicken Farm, previously visited by Kim in July 2020, was hailed by North Korean state media as capable of producing thousands of tons of meat and tens of millions of eggs annually. During the recent visit, Kim reiterated the farm’s significance as a model for modernizing poultry facilities nationwide, anticipating a tangible improvement in the people’s living conditions.

Kim Jong-un’s decision to involve his daughter, Ju-ae, in this public appearance, suggests a deliberate effort to portray a leader concerned with the well-being of the populace. Ju-ae, born in 2013, made her first public appearance in November 2022 and has since been seen at various military and economy-related events. Notably, the National Intelligence Service of South Korea has identified Ju-ae as the “most likely successor” to Kim Jong-un, emphasizing her increasing role in both military and economic affairs.

As North Korea navigates the complexities of its food crisis, Kim’s focus on poultry production underscores the regime’s multifaceted approach to addressing the nation’s pressing challenges.