UN estimates NK to secure 2 million tons of rice this year
A U.N. food agency has estimated that North Korea will secure 2 million tons of rice in 2012, up about 18 percent from last year, a news report said Wednesday.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that the North produced 1.6 million tons of rice last fall and is expected to import 300,000 tons of rice and receive 100,000 tons of outside assistance, Washington-based Radio Free Asia reported, citing the FAO's food outlook.
The Rome-based U.N. agency also estimated that North Korea's per capita rice consumption is expected to increase to 72.3 kilograms between last year's fall and summer of this year, up from 64 kilograms in the same period last year, the RFA said.
In February, the FAO said more than 3 million vulnerable people are estimated to face a food deficit as chronic food insecurity continues throughout North Korea.
The North has relied on international handouts since the late 1990s when it suffered a massive famine that was estimated to have killed 2 million people. (Yonhap)