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Kim Jong Un Visits Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery and KPA Factory #525

Kim Jong Un grins during a visit to Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to Ch’o’ngjin Bag Factory

Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) conducted inspections of the Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery and Korean People’s Army [KPA] Factory #525.  Also in attendance were Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) senior cadres Hwang Pyong So (Hwang Pyo’ng-so’), Han Kwang Sang (Han Kwang-sang) and Jo Yong Won (Cho Yo’ng-wo’n).

Kim Jong Un walks through a sapling greenhouse at Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA/KNS).

Recalling his inspection of Tree Nursery #122 of the KPA two years back, Jong Un “advanced the tasks for each province to build a modern land-saving and manpower-saving tree nursery capable of turning out twenty million saplings a year like the Tree Nursery #122 and make the Kangwo’n provincial tree nursery a model and standard of nurseries to be built in the provinces.”  He “took such detail measures as the provision of design, construction, funds, materials and equipment and ha wisely guided the work for building tree nurseries.”

Kim Jong Un assumes a bird’s eye view of the Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery (Photo: KCNA).

View of the Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery (Photos: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un expressed “great pleasure over the fact that another large-scale base capable of producing more than 20 million saplings a year was successfully built” and noted “with high appreciation that Kangwo’n Province complete a huge project in a short span of time and properly took measures for matters arising in managing and operating the tree nursery in the last one year and thus built up a material and technical foundation for the safe production of saplings.”

Kim Jong Un is briefed about tree planting at Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Kim Jong Un tours a part of the Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery. Also in attendance are WPK Central Committee senior officials Han Kwang Sang (2nd L), Hwang Pyong So (3rd L) and Jo Yong Won (3rd L) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

He said that the “rich forest resources are a precious asset for economic construction” and stressed that “it is necessary to build the tree nursery, which is like an arsenal for the forest restoration campaign for turning all the mountains in the province into gold mountains and a natural raw material base, as a grand edifice of eternal value impeccable in the distant future, too, and to produce saplings on a large scale.”

Kim Jong Un inspects Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery (Photo: KCNA).

Jong Un noted that if “the newly-built imposing tree nursery fails to produce tree sapling to its full capacity, it will be of no use” and he “called for putting the production of saplings on a higher scientific basis, ensuring two rounds of production in a year and thus producing and supplying more saplings of good species which are of high economic and ornamental value and suited to the climatic and soil conditions of the provinces to substantially benefit from tree planting and make them prove effective.”

Kim Jong Un views a production process at Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery (Photo: KCNA).

Kim Jong Un called for “finishing at an early date the construction of tree nurseries now underway in provinces on the basis of the achievements and experience gained in building a model nursery which has put the production of saplings on a higher scientific, industrial and intensive basis.”  He stressed “the need to conduct on a regular basis the technical study through sci-tech learning space and set up experience-exchange and tele-consultation system among tree nurseries so as to further the level of technology and skills of the employees and actively develop and perfect the advanced sapling of cultivation technology.”

He noted that the “administrative building, conference hall, general amenities and dwelling houses of employees were build at the same high level as those built by central professional construction unit” and stressed “the need to meet the requirements of the developing times and suit the level of high civilization as desired by the people even in a building a dwelling house.”

Kim Jong Un is briefed about production at Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un visited with a couple recently discharged from their national service, employed at the nursery.  He “talked to them to take good care of their lives.”

Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photograph with a married couple working at Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery, recently discharged from the KPA Navy and KPA Air and Anti-Air Force (Photo: KCNA).

He said that he was “very satisfied to go round the nursery” and “pointed out that the people in Kangwo’n Province have a distinguished fighting spirit and mental world as they take the lead in upholding the Party’s calls with devotion and are ready to turn out as one in the drive for implementing the Party’s policies.”  He also said that “he could not but admire them for building such a huge nursery under difficult conditions where everything is in need” and that he “is pleasing to give assignments to the Kangwo’n Provincial Party Committee as it always takes the lead in implementing the Party’s policies.”

Kim Jong Un visits with a married couple employed at Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery recently discharged from the KPA (Photo: KCNA).

Jong Un “wanted to help even a bit the province’s officials who are exerting themselves to do just one more thing.”  He “took such warm solicitude of making sure that problems urgent for the economic work of the province are solved on the spot.”

Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photo with the managers and workers of Kangwo’n Provincial Tree Nursery (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

He posed for commemorative photos with the workers and managers of the tree nursery and expressed his “belief they would put the production of tree saplings on a high-level and regular basis with a high sense of responsibility of being an outpost and scouts in charge of the forest restoration campaign and, thus, make active contributions to turning the whole country into a thick woodland.”

Kim Jong Un smiles while being told about food products of the KPA Factory #525. at the left appears to be Gen. So Hong Chan, Director of the KPA General Logistics Department (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un conducted a field inspection of KPA Factory #525, first visiting the revolutionary history room.

Kim Jong Un watches food production at the factory (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

He remarked that the “officials and employees of the factory should always overfulfill the production plan on all indices, bearing in mind the noble intention of leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) who spared nothing for the soldiers of the People’s Army, and thus make sure that they still feel his loving care.”

Soybean formenting machine at KPA Factory #525 (Photo: KCNA).

Jong Un learned “about the implementation of the teachings given by Kim Jong Il during on-the-spot-guidance and the production at the factory and the supply of raw materials in recent years.”  Whilst “highly appreciating the fact that the factory over-fulfilled its plan every year,” he said that “it should direct its efforts to producing in a larger quantity of various condiments of good taste to meet the demand of the science of nutrition and thus substantially contribute to improving the diet of the servicepersons.”

Kim Jong Un is briefed about production at KPA Factory #525 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA)

He toured a fermented soybean liquid spore production unit.  He said that “it is necessary to provide the servicepersons with various soybean-based foods in line with the soybean production that has increased after the whole army gave foremost importance to soybean farming and, in particular, with fermented soybeans good for eating and health on a regular basis.”  Kim Jong Un stressed that “it is a great success that the factory is equipped with a modern process capable of mass-producing the quality liquid spore for fermented soybeans on an industrial basis.”

Kim Jong Un looks around a production unit of the factory (Photo: KCNA).

Jong Un toured different area of the factory “including the condiment workshop and the rice-cleaning workshop.”  He said that he “heard it was upgraded three years ago and it is an impeccable and praiseworthy factory with all production processes put on an automated and unmanned basis at a high level” and was “very pleased to see the equipment in a full-capacity operation and production put on a normal track when he suddenly visited the factory.”

Kim Jong Un examines a finished product at KPA Factory #525 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un examines food packaging at the factory (Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun)

He “highly estimated the master-like work attitude of the factory officials and employees” and said that the “greening and pavement of the factory are satisfactory and they have put the interior and exterior of the factory on a hygienic and cultured level in an assiduous way as befitting a foodstuff factory.”  Jong Un issued “tasks for scrupulously managing equipment and improving technical control and working hard with a higher goal of putting the production processes on an automated, unmanned and germ-free basis.”

Products of Factory #525 of the Korean People’s Army (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KNS)

Kim Jong Un examines a food production process at KPA Factory #525 (Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un poses for a commemorative photo with employees and officials of KPA Factory #525 (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un attended a commemorative photo session with the employee’s workers and officials and expressed his “expectation and conviction that they would continue to make proud achievements in production to supply servicepersons with a variety of tasty and highly nutritious foodstuffs in a larger quantity and thus perform a pioneer role in developing the foodstuff industry of the country in the future, too.”


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