North Koreans Fight over Excrement for Human Fertilizer Quota

North Korean laborers have started fighting over and stealing each other’s excrement in an attempt to meet an impossible quota collection in time to prepare fertilizer for next year’s farming season, a report revealed this week.Radio Free Asia (RFA), a U.S.-funded non-profit that exposes the grim reality of life in many parts of Asia, reported that the country’s communist authorities have burdened every household with collection quotas for human waste that will be used to fertilize the ground for next year’s harvest.The quota, ordered by dictator Kim Jong-un in his New Year’s address, ordered that each household should meet a quota amounting to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) per able-bodied citizen.

According to local sources, the quota was intentionally unattainable because its true goal was to force citizens to pay fines and bribes for their failure to meet the necessary targets.The scale of North Korea’s crop is particularly important for ensuring that people do not suffer from famine and malnourishment, a reality that has plagued the country since its inception as an independent communist state.Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the country went through a mass famine, often referred to as the “Arduous March,” which saw between 240,000 to 3.5 million people die due to lack of nutrition.

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