Radio Free Asia quoted Telescope News to report that North Korea set out to purchase a wide area of farming land in Zimbabwe to cultivate cereals such as rice and corn in an effort to cope with its chronic food shortage.
According to the report, North Korea is planning to buy land in Mashonaland Central Province and Mashonaland East Province, both of which are granary zones located in the African country, from the Mugabe government. In the past, Libya and China purchased land in a similar way for wheat, rice and tobacco cultivation.
Zimbabwe used to be the breadbasket of Africa thanks to its warm climate and fertile land. However, President Robert Mugabe’s agricultural policy plans have failed one after another, and now the country is selling its land to other countries.
North Korea and Zimbabwe have cooperated with each other in the field of agriculture. Pyongyang asked Zimbabwe for food aid three years ago, and made two bronze statues for President Robert Mugabe to celebrate his 90th birthday.