Competition on Rice Fields

Date: 30/04/2019 | Source: Sports DPRK English | Read original version at source

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On October 6, Juche 63 (1974), President Kim Il Sung visited the Chongsan Plain where rice harvesting was in full swing.

Standing on the ridge between the paddies, he saw the rice plants swaying. After a while, he asked the chairwoman of the management board what was the estimated yield per hectare.

Her answer pleased him very much. The President said that they had good farming and praised the farmers for their remarkable success.

Then he asked again when they could finish harvesting.

Preoccupied with the urgency of the task, the chairwoman replied without proper calculation that they would finish it by October 10, the anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

“October 10. I believe you,” said the President.

That night, after seeing him off, the chairwoman sat alone and fell into deep thought, calculating the plots to be harvested and finding it impossible to complete the task in the remaining four days.

She grew so anxious and, learning the news, the farmers were also worried about the possibility.

Suddenly, a convoy of trucks, with their headlights on, was seen rolling along the road near the entrance to the village, where she was sitting.

Dumbfounded, she sidestepped from the road. The truck at the head of the convoy halted in front of her. Someone jumped off it, calling her. She recognized the official working in the field of art, one of the many who often came there to help the farmers.

The latter said that leader Kim Jong Il had instructed them to go and help her.

Then he explained how they were coming in such a hurry. Noting that the chairwoman of the Chongsan Cooperative Farm management board assured the President her farm would wrap up rice harvesting by October 10, Kim Jong Il said in a worried voice that the task would be beyond the farmers and other people who were there to help them.

He continued:

“It is advisable to move up the date of the sports meeting between the art sector and the press sector, which is slated for the day after tomorrow, to tomorrow and designate rice-harvesting at the Chongsan Cooperative Farm as the first event for the meeting.

All the players and cheerers must take part in the harvesting competition.”

He appointed referees and set the rules for the competition-all the units must take scrupulous care not to waste a single ear of rice and any careless unit will be disqualified from attending the next event.

Accordingly, harvesting on the Chongsan Plain was added on top of the list of events for the sports meeting and the convoy of trucks carrying the players and cheerers rushed to the venue of the competition.

The rice-harvesting was completed by the set date.

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