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Kim Jong Un is besieged by huge crowd of North Korean soldiers and officials as he waves from sunroof of his luxury car at groundbreaking ceremony for greenhouse farm

  • North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was mobbed by a huge crowd at a ceremony
  • He was attending an event to mark the start of construction of a huge farm
  • The Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm in South Hamgyong province will be 250 hektaar
  • North Korea has faced continued food shortages in part because of sanctions
  • North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was mobbed by a huge crowd as he attended an opening ceremony for the construction of a greenhouse farm.

    The supreme leader of Noord-Korea opened construction of the project as he hailed attempts to modernise agriculture in the country.

    Kim Jong-Un, who is thought to be 38, was the first to thrust a shovel into the earth to mark the start of creating the Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm in Hamju County, in South Hamgyong province.

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was surrounded by a large crowd as he waved from a car at the opening ceremony of a huge farm

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was surrounded by a large crowd as he waved from a car at the opening ceremony of a huge farm

    The Supreme Leader helped shift the first soil at the Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm in Hamju County, in South Hamgyong province

    The Supreme Leader helped shift the first soil at the Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm in Hamju County, in South Hamgyong province

    Kim Jong Un, who is thought to be 38, said the greenhouse farm would prove a vital food source

    Kim Jong Un, who is thought to be 38, said the greenhouse farm would prove a vital food source

    A general view of the ground-breaking ceremony for construction of Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm

    A general view of the ground-breaking ceremony for construction of Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm

    The farm will be 250 acres and will take eight months to finish. The ceremony included fireworks, explosions and a tractor display.

    Kim said the massive greenhouse would prove essential to providing the east coast with vegetables.

    He also hailed the need to modernise agriculture for rural development.

    It comes amid continued food shortages and economic troubles for the so-called Hermit Kingdom.

    The opening ceremony included explosions and fireworks and was seemingly attended by thousands of people

    The opening ceremony included explosions and fireworks and was seemingly attended by thousands of people

    Tractors were on show in front of explosions during the opening ceremony for the construction of the Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm

    Tractors were on show in front of explosions during the opening ceremony for the construction of the Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm

    North Koreans waving flags watched on as the explosions marked the start of construction

    North Koreans waving flags watched on as the explosions marked the start of construction

    Just last month the dictator penned a letter to North Korea’s Union of Agricultural Workers requesting farmers stop selling food on the black market.

    Pyongyang also confirmed the Ministry of Agriculture would be reorganised into an Agricultural Commission.

    Experts suggested the move was similar to Chinese attempts to boost the economy in the 1980s with large state-funded projects as opposed to creating subsidies to incentivise farmers.

    Kim Jong Un addressed the crowd before he took the first shovel to the earth

    Kim Jong Un addressed the crowd before he took the first shovel to the earth

    The ceremony was attended by other top North Korean military officials as well as the Supreme Leader of the so-called Hermit Kingdom

    The ceremony was attended by other top North Korean military officials as well as the Supreme Leader of the so-called Hermit Kingdom

    North Korea has faced massive food shortages and usually relies heavily on support from China

    North Korea has faced massive food shortages and usually relies heavily on support from China

    North Korea’s economy has struggled following international sanctions over its testing of nuclear weapons.

    The country’s mountainous landscape is largely unsuitable for farming and as such North Korea relies heavily on imports from China.

    Border closures owing to Covid during the pandemic meant this food source was cut off.