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Building a bridge to improved food security in DPR Korea through intergrated pest management

Building a bridge to improved food security in DPR Korea through intergrated pest management

Agriculture is crucial for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), involving around 50% of the economically active population and contributing an estimated 25% to the gross national product. However, agricultural production has remained low due to soil degradation and pest damage in cabbage and maize (particularly due to moths and other lepidopteran pests), amongst other reasons.

Promoting IPM on a large scale in DPR Korea

Building a bridge to improved food security in DPR Korea through integrated pest management 

To help improve productivity and address food security issues, CABI has been working in DPR Korea since 2002 to introduce integrated pest management (IPM).

 

Producing Trichogramma eggs

29 Trichogramma rearing facilities are operational

By 2014, 29 Trichogramma facilities were established to produce and distribute 8,750 million Trichogramma wasps every year, to protect over 20,000 ha of maize, contributing to an estimated 10-20% increase in maize yield and surplus of 15,000 tonnes per year.

maize

IPM implemented on around 120 cooperative cabbage and maize farms

To help support improved food security in DPR Korea, CABI supported the Plant Protection Institute (PPI) of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences (AAS) and the Central Plant Protection Station (CPPS) of the MoA in Pyongyang, including county level stakeholders, to implement IPM in cabbage and maize.

Cabbage in DPR Korea

Plant protection (including IPM) is recognized as a major factor in crop production 

As a result of CABI’s activities over the past decade, plant protection is now recognized in DPR Korea as a major factor influencing crop production, which resulted in the Plant Protection Section of the MoA department for production being upgraded to the MoA Department of Plant Protection which is dedicated to crop health.