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Rural Problems Settled in DPRK
| Pyongyang, March 5 (KCNA) -- Today marks the 67th anniversary of the promulgation of the Agrarian Reform Law in Korea.
On this anniversary, people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea look back upon the tireless efforts President Kim Il Sung made to enforce the historic agrarian reform in the country in less than one year after Korea's liberation from the Japanese colonial rule.
He set the agrarian reform as the first task for overall democratic reforms in the liberated country so as to put an end to the outdated feudal land ownership and satisfy the peasants' cherished desire for their own land.
To that effect, he visited local areas, including Taedong County, South Phyongan Province, to acquaint himself in detail with actual situation of rural communities. During the visits, he pondered over the objects of land confiscation and the way of land confiscation and distribution, hardening his determination to abolish the tenant-farming system for good.
On March 5, Juche 35 (1946), he promulgated the "Law on Agrarian Reform in North Korea" to meet the Korean peasants' cherished desire to do farming on their own land.
The reform was successfully carried out in nearly 20 days since the law was promulgated. Over one million hectares of land, owned by Japanese imperialists and pro-Japanese elements including traitors and landlords, were confiscated and distributed to 720 000 odd peasant households free of charge.
Later, he took a measure to turn the household farming into socialist cooperative.
He made public the celebrated work "Theses on the Socialist Rural Question in Our Country", which deals with all problems arising in successfully building socialist rural communities in the country. He also created the Juche farming method, which is suitable to geographical conditions of Korea.
His feats performed to settle the socialist rural question had been creditably carried forward by leader Kim Jong Il.
Thanks to Kim Jong Il's wise guidance, cultivated lands in Kangwon, North and South Phyongan and South Hwanghae provinces and Pyongyang City were readjusted as large-standardized fields.
Kaechon-Lake Thaesong and Paekma-Cholsan waterways, the biggest ones in the country, were splendidly built as edifices in the Songun (military-first) era.
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