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POMP - fight with drought in the DPRK

The population of North Korea is struggling with chronic malnutrition. The average daily per capita calorie intake is 1640 kcal. Food deficiencies are the result of natural causes, the primitive level of agriculture and lack of fuel and agricultural fertilisers.

Due to the 2014 drought and scarce rainfall in 2015, the groundwater level dropped considerably. To irrigate fields efficiently, special pumps are needed that are capable of supplying water from a depth of over a dozen metres.

The problem of drought has been noticed by the UN and NGOs operating in the country. All organisations are trying to remedy the deteriorating situation.

On 25 November 1965, the Jangsuwon cooperative was recognised as a Polish-Korean friendship farm. The year 2015 will mark 50 years since this event. The synergistic actions under the SPROUT and RICE projects will be an element of the celebrations to mark this anniversary and will improve the food situation.

POMP - fight with drought in the DPRK

The project will be implemented from August to December 2015. The project aim is to increase food safety of the residents of the Jangsuwon farm. The project’s implementation will result in better irrigation of rice fields, which have to be covered with at least 20 centimetres of water to yield crops. The project calls for the purchase of pumps ordered in China (there being no local production), followed by their transport and installation in the Jangsuwon fields. The pumps have a lifespan of several years. The fields will be efficiently irrigated, and farmers will not have to irrigate the fields manually, carrying water from distant places. The pumps may also be used in case of flooding, pumping out water from flooded fields. This is extremely important, as droughts and floods occur alternately in the DPRK.

POMP - fight with drought in the DPRK

The project was implemented from August to December 2015. The basic aim of purchasing pumps was carried out. The equipment was selected, with due consideration for the specific needs of the cooperative, obtaining the support of local NGOs. The pump was installed in Jangsuwon in December 2015. In accordance with the project’s guidelines, the positive effect of the pump’s operation is felt by all members of the cooperative. The farm’s production capacity and flood safety level have increased.