[imText1]The framework of the food distribution system, which will restart in October, is now more visible. According to the North Koreans visiting China these days, the food distribution system will be conducted in five levels according to age and occupation of the people and selling and buying of rice in jangmadang is prohibited.
Level 5, 500g ~ Leve1, 100g
Suk Yong Seung, a miner working at Musan Coal Mine explained, “Staring October, food will be distributed to the working workers and their family members. The subjects (those entitled to receive food) are categorized into five different levels. The highest level is level 5, and they receive 500g a day, and the lowest level is level 1, and they receive 100g a day.”
Suk will receive 500g of food per day because he is level 5, his son, who attends middle school, is level 4 and will receive 400g, and his mother considered as a senior and his daughter, who attends elementary school are level 3, so they will receive 300g of food each per day. Suk’s wife, who is a worker at the state cooperative farm, will receive alloted amount of food according to the amount produced at the harvest time in the fall.
Before the food crisis, people were leveled in ninve different levels, and level 1, such as high level workers, used to received 900g, level 3 average workers,700g, level 5 middle school students, received 500g, and babies under 1 year old, considered as level 9, received 100g of food per day.
Best Harvest Since the March of Tribulation
Lee Ok Bun, a cooperative farm worker and a resident of Sebyul of North Hamkyung province said, “The People’s Department and Women’s League warned us clearly that starting this October we will not be able to sell or buy rice, corn or any other grain in jangmadang.” Lee further explained that with such news, the grain sellers who have been stockpiling food started to sell food altogether, so there was a sudden decrease of food price.
About the restarting of food distribution system, Lee explained, “The People’s Department says that even the reason the state is trying to send people back to their work places is to control the “uncontrolled” market activities. One other reason for the restart of the food distribution system is the good harvest this year.”
With the question, “How much of a success was the harvest this year?” Lee answered, “Although there is no exact figures, it is the best harvest year since the year of March of Tribulation.”
“If I work 350days a year, I were to receive 150kg of food in the fall, rice and corn together, but I only received 100kg last year. This year, I think I will be able to receive 100kg.”
“I have no idea where the rice flows in”
Suk said, “Although we are to receive 2,000Won($1), monthly wage, we only received it once in every three or four months, and received food only enough for two weeks.”
“Although they say they have a good harvest this year, but I have no idea where the rice is flowing in from.” Suk expressed his doubts about restarting of the government food distribution system and he added, “Because the rumor is spread that the government buys in food from jangmadang at low price and resells it to the people in high price, there prevails a negative popular sentiment agiant the government.”
Lee let us know of what she heard from the People’s Department, “Those who do not go to work thus not able to receive the government distributed food, will have to buy food for themselves at a very high price.”
Many disputes on the changes in the North Korean government’s food distribution system comes down to ▲ reduced amount of food distribution only to the workers who go to work; and ▲ government monopoly of rice, corn and grain sales for the restoration of the former state control system. It is presumed that the majority of the people inside North Korea are skeptical about the success of the restarting government food distribution system.