Unjong Co­op­er­a­tive Live­stock Farm

Korea (English) - - CONTENTS - Ar­ti­cle: Kim Phil

Unjong- ri is sit­u­ated in Pongsan County, North Hwang­hae Prov­ince, which has long been known as low­land in Korea. How­ever, it has much smaller area un­der cul­ti­va­tion than other ris in the county, for moun­tain­ous area makes up 80 % of its to­tal area. Its arable land yielded bad crops be­cause it was ir­ri­gated by the Unjong Stream that rises in a ravine in the precinct of the ri. This area, how­ever, be­gan to change over a decade ago. The of­fi­cials and agri­cul­tural work­ers set up a goal of de­vel­op­ing live­stock farm­ing in a big way, mak­ing ef­fec­tive use of their lo­cal to­pog­ra­phy. To this end they had to build com­pre­hen­sive live­stock farms and reser­voirs and cre­ate grass fields on moun­tains and so on.

All the peo­ple in Unjong-ri turned out with a mind to de­velop their na­tive vil­lage into a bet­ter place to live in by their own ef­forts. Many peo­ple from the fac­to­ries and en­ter­prises in the county and prov­ince ren­dered ac­tive as­sis­tance to them.

Scores of years of their sin­cere ef­forts be­gan to pay off. Build­ings for rais­ing dairy cat­tle, goats and sheep were built at the foot of moun­tains and val­leys. Stock farms with large ca­pac­ity for breed­ing goats were set up in the An­gol and Mokhwadong ar­eas and pro­vided with up-to-date fa­cil­i­ties for pro­duc­ing and pro­cess­ing milk and man­age­ment equip­ment. Thou­sands of hectares of grass fields were cre­ated on the moun­tains and val­leys and four reser­voirs built.

In this way, Unjong-ri has de­vel­oped into a co­op­er­a­tive live­stock farm: herds of grass-eat­ing an­i­mals are grazing in the pas­tures on moun­tains and reser­voirs are teem­ing with fish and ducks.

Ma­nure from stock­breed­ing farms and reser­voirs are of a great ben­e­fit to farm­ing in this area.

Dairy prod­ucts like ke­fir, but­ter and cheese are sent ev­ery day to the peo­ple in Sari­won, win­ning con­sumers’ favour.

In this way the Unjong-ri, once an ob­scure place, has risen to fame through­out the coun­try as well as the prov­ince.

Many peo­ple from all parts of the coun­try come to Unjong-ri to see first­hand and learn from achieve­ments and ex­pe­ri­ence ob­tained by the farm.

Photo: Ri My­ong Guk

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