N. Korea's grain imports from China dives in September


North Korea's grain imports from China in September tumbled about 40 percent from the month before, a US broadcaster reported Wednesday.

The North brought in 17,375 tons of grain from China in September, Voice of America said citing China's General Administration of Customs.

Experts observe that the decrease indicates that a severe drought that has hit the North hard since spring did not affect the country seriously, the broadcaster said.

Chinese workers loading sacks of rice onto a truck to transport them to North Korea. (Yonhap)

Of the imports, rice, a main staple for Koreans, showed whopping plunges of 67.6 percent and 85 percent on-month and on-year, respectively, at 2,396 tons, the broadcaster said.

Corn imports of 1,160 tons also represent a 92 percent dive from the previous month, according to the broadcaster.

On the other hand, flour imports surged more than twofold to 13,400 tons in September from a month before. The imports are also an eightfold surge from a year ago, the broadcaster added.

Of imports, flour took up the biggest share, trailed by rice, corn and starch, the broadcaster said.


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