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Workers at Onsong Tobacco Farm are hoping that trade will resume this year.

A photo of a North Korean farmer working to water a field. (Rodong Sinmun-News1)

Onsong Tobacco Farm in North Hamgyong Province is focusing on tobacco cultivation in the hope that trade suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic will resume this year.

“The pandemic has blocked tobacco exports for the past two years, but Onsong Tobacco Farm is confident that trade will resume this year. It’s booming. [everyone] Down from management, they started preparing to transplant winter-grown tobacco seedlings, “a source from North Hamgyong Province told the Daily NK on Monday.

According to sources, Onsong Tobacco Farm was experiencing a difficult time when trading was suspended due to COVID-19 and workers left tobacco in the fields to rot. However, the farm began to work on tobacco production in earnest, believing that exports would be a green light this year.

All the workers on the farm reportedly sowed the seeds in February and doubled their efforts to grow the seedlings in late April, so they began to move the seedlings to the fields.

“Children to adults, and even people in their 70s, have been mobilized to transplant tobacco seedlings. Given the difficulties faced by farm workers, while the seedlings are being transplanted, Farm workers have prepared on-site meals, “sources said.

Some farm families do not come to work because they cannot afford to keep food on the table. As a result, farm owners began offering lunch on the farm to convince their families to come to work, he added.

In fact, these families are clearly in extreme poverty, and the prospect of eating on the farm has motivated them to appear in the workplace and work hard to transplant seedlings.

Under these circumstances, farm owners are reportedly considering whether to resume tobacco cultivation in the fields used to grow other crops. The manager also distributed a portion of the land to the farmers according to the number of family members, but has not yet determined the percentage that the autumn harvest farmers must provide to the authorities, depending on the yield.

To promote tobacco cultivation, the local party committee has arranged for all programs, including classes and lectures, organized by the Farm Management Committee to be conducted outdoors this year.

Translated by David Carruth. Edited by Robert Roller.

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