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Food crisis in North Korea: Coffee retails over Rs 7,000, Bananas for Rs 3,300 per kg

Food crisis in North Korea: Coffee retails over Rs 7,000, Bananas for Rs 3,300 per kg

Food crisis in North Korea: Coffee retails over Rs 7,000, Bananas for Rs 3,300 per kg

According to state-run news agency Korean Central Agency, a severe food crisis has hit North Korea very badly. Due to shortage of some food items, its prices have increased rapidly. The country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un has called the food situation “tense”. As per the report, the prices of food items have rise up sharply in the country’s capital Pyongyang, where bananas is selling at a price of $45 or Rs 3,335 per kilogram, a packet of black tea for $70 or Rs 5,190 and a packet of coffee for $100 or Rs 7,414.

Food crisis in North Korea: Coffee retails over Rs 7,000, Bananas for Rs 3,300 per kg

Food crisis in North Korea Coffee retails over Rs 7,000, Bananas for Rs 3,300 per kg


United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation suggests that North Korea is short of 8,60,000 tone of food. As agricultural sector could not do well in grain production plan due to the damage by typhoon last year which led to the food shortage this year and people’s food situation is now getting tense.

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Supreme leader at the central committee meeting, asked party leaders to resolve the food shortage problem as soon as possible. No one knowns how the nation gonna overcome the hurdle, as its borders are closed due to Covid-19, there isn’t possible for them to supply food from another country. Though the country has not confirmed any Covid-19 cases till date, but it has imposed strict restrictions including border closures and domestic travel restrictions. As the country relies in China for many items including food and fuel so the price depends on China.

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Written by Raksha Giri

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