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DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA Dry Spell Situation

18 June 2012



Prolonged dry spell in southwest and central provinces threatens 2012 cropping seasons

Since the first dekad of May, a severe dry spell stretching for four dekads has affected early season crops which were at maturing stage and are currently being harvested. The dry spell especially has affected the transplanted maize crop of the main season. The provinces reporting the most widespread crop damage are North Hwanghae, South Hwanghae, North Pyongan, South Pyongan, and farmed areas of Pyongyang City. These provinces contribute collectively the largest share to the total national output. The early estimates provided by the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) indicate that 196 882 hectares of cropland (or about 90 percent of the non-paddy cultivated area in these five provinces) has been affected. This includes about 37 221 hectares of early crops - mainly potatoes, wheat and barley from winter and spring seasons. The Government-estimated total area affected by the current dry spell amounts to about 17 percent of the total national area under the main season cultivation of food crops, including cereals, potatoes and soybeans.