North Korean leader to reform agriculture systemUpdated: 2014-02-11 PM 10:24:36 (KST)
Kim Jong-un is trying to drive competition in his country's agriculture sector.
In a letter to agriculture leaders released after a national conference, Kim signaled that he plans to make reforms to the current system.
He emphasized the need to boost productivity by accelerating farmers' efforts, saying the current equal distribution system is the reason for a lack of enthusiasm.
He added the current system which distributes a fixed amount of produce to farm workers does not go hand in hand with the state's distribution principles.
Individual's efforts will be incentivized in the future to build a more competitive structure.
"Apart from the amount of harvest fixed by the country, workers who made extra efforts should receive extra compensation."
Kim also is pushing ahead with a system, which was briefly introduced in 2002, which gives part of a field to three to five people and ranks their compensation according to their productivity.
While the changes reflect Kim Jong-un's ambitious plans to revitalize the economy, it remains to be seen whether the new system will be able to surmount the nation's chronic food shortages.
Kwon So-a, Arirang News.
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