Lifelong Desire

 

It was President Kim Il Sung's lifelong desire to provide the people with good foods as much as they wanted—particularly white rice, meat and eggs.

The Kwangpho Duck Farm in South Hamgyong Province in the northern part of Korea came into being for the purpose.

During the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953) Kim Il Sung, with a far-reaching plan to build a large-scale duck farm in the Kwangpho area, dispatched a survey group to the locality.

Merely five days after the end of the war, the President sent there lots of discharged soldiers, technicians and experts to start the project. And he sent fertilised duck eggs.

Later he visited the farm many times, giving detailed instructions on how to use aquatic plants growing in Lake Kwang to solve the problem of feed, how to breed and raise ducks and how to process the meat.

In the Samsok village situated in suburban Pyongyang they had never kept chickens. Only after the President visited the village and gave instructions on raising chickens a lot in rural areas in the 1960s did the villagers begin to raise the poultry. He decided to make the village set an example of how many chickens each family or workteam could keep in rural areas, and introduce the example across the country. He sent to the village breeds of Mangyong chicken growing fast and laying a lot of eggs, and visited it many times every year. In this way he confirmed that a rural family could raise more than five chickens and that a farm workteam could do over 100 chickens in its threshing ground.

One day the President visited a workteam of the then Jangsuwon Cooperative Farm, leading the then chief Party secretaries of provinces and chairmen of provincial rural economy committees.

After listening to a chicken keeper's words that they had 130 chickens and that the chickens were producing 70 to 80 eggs a day, Kim Il Sung said it meant that a chicken laid 170 to 180 eggs a year, and that they would be able to lay 200 eggs if they were looked after better.

The next day, at a conference of managers in the fields of poultry farming and stockbreeding, the President clarified the task of raising chickens in rural areas as follows:

A campaign should be launched for each rural family to keep five chickens.

Cooperative farms should launch a drive to raise 100 chickens in each threshing ground.

Under the energetic guidance of the President there took place an all-people drive to raise chickens in all farms across the country.

The President also saw to it that an all-people drive was under way to raise other kinds of poultry including ducks, geese, turkeys and quails.

And he wisely led the work to lay firm material and technical foundations for the industrialisation of poultry farming to produce much more eggs and meat intensively. Thus there were built modern poultry farms in numbers across the country, making it possible to fully supply meat and eggs to the people.

 

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