faced with a daunting food shortage and famine in parts of the country, the North Korean government is encouraging people to raise rabbits as a source of food. The animals provide lots of fur and meat and grow fast on very little feed, the country's Rodong Shimmun newspaper has reported. "We should learn about rabbits thoroughly and make rabbit-raising a national movement,'' the newspaper said.
A rabbit can produce more than 4.4 pounds of 'delicious' meat in three months. It can also produce up to 30 offspring, which would make some 110 pounds of meat, the newspaper said. This campaign follows another in which Pyongyang called for a boost in potato production. The country has beenlargely dependent on foreign aid to feed its 23 million people since 1995.
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