The Jongbong Fruit Farm in Pukchong County, South Hamgyong Province, is not well-known across the country.
When he was appointed manager of the farm over 20 years ago, Ju Kwang Ho found that the land of his farm was more infertile and suffered from flooding more often than that of other farms. As a result, the local people envied other well-to-do farms, saying that farming on their sandy soil would be futile however hard they worked.
Such complaints of the natives rent his heart.
How long could we live depending on others? I will have this farm built by its own efforts as the one envied by others!
Now he set a high goal of sprucing up the appearance of the farm as soon as possible, ranging from the creation of a vast area of orchard to stock-breeding and construction of modern houses.
Despite the manifold shortages and difficulties, he led the farmers in the van, encouraging them to work harder for the future of their farm, to turn it into a prosperous place.
Together with them, he carpeted the orchards with fresh soil, and established a production cycle of fruit and livestock farming for the production of effective organic compound fertilizer.
Though he was busy working day and night, he strove to acquire advanced science and technology in fruit culture at breaks, and the local people said that an “avid reader” had come to their farm.
He learned excellent experiences while visiting advanced fruit production units across the country. In close cooperation with the relevant units, he pushed ahead with the work of acclimatizing the saplings of superior species of fruit trees, highly productive and resistant to drought, rain, wind and cold.
During breaks, he taught the farmers advanced method of fruit culture and the knack of retaining the taste of Pukchong apple in plain language to prepare them as masters of scientific farming.
Gradually, the farmers’ enthusiasm to learn the advantages and vitality of scientific farming and apply it into practice soared.
The results of their painstaking efforts came to fruition.
Recently, the farm has opened up a new prospect for markedly increasing apple production by creating hundreds of hectares of orchards and rotating trees in a planned way. This year, too, it harvested the greatest amount of apples in their county.
Besides, it has built modern houses, neighbourhood-serving amenities and bases for cultural and leisure activities, sprucing up its appearance.
The local people say that they keenly feel the worth of turning theirs into a place good to live in with their own efforts.
The manager was invited to the Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea as a delegate.
“It is just the beginning. I will dedicate myself for the coming generations and for the better tomorrow of the farm,” says Ju, a meritorious man of socialist patriotism.