North Korea has put 'delicious' black swan meat on the menu in an effort to overcome chronic food shortages in the country.
The black swans are being bred on an industrial scale at a new breeding centre at one of the country's largest duck farms on the east coast, state media said.
The impoverished country has been battling a food crisis and a poor economy - but now officials say 'delicious' black swan meat is the answer as they claimed it is an 'exceptional health food'.
A swan enclosure has been built in the Kwangpho Duck farm in Jongphyong county, where the black swans will be bred, and an official ceremony was held to open the 'swan corral'.
The black swans are being bred on an industrial scale at a new breeding centre at one of the country's largest duck farms on the east coast, state media said
A swan enclosure has been built in the Kwangpho Duck farm in Jongphyong count, where the black swans will be bred, and an official ceremony was held to open the 'swan corral'
'Black swan meat is delicious and has medicinal value,' while the bird's industrial breeding will 'improve the people's living standard', the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
The enclosure has several blocks of sheds, including a block for young birds, and sanitary inspection rooms and other breeding equipment, KCNA said.
'The construction has provided a foundation for improving the people's living standard through the industrial breeding of black swan, a rare ornamental bird,' the state media said.
On Sunday, South Hamgyong Province chief party secretary Ri Jong Namy led the ceremony to open the black swan centre at the duck farm.
State media have previously said black swan meat is 'an exceptional health food of the 21st century with a unique taste and extremely high nutritional value'.
Research into the breeding of black swans began in Spring 2019 and satellite imagery from then showed a new construction project was underway at the Kwangpho Duck farm, reports NK News.
A researcher from the country's agriculture ministry told KCNA in 2020 that the black swan meat has more protein than other meats and is easier to digest, adding that it also has 'anticancer' properties.
It is unclear if other black swan enclosures are being built elsewhere in the country or how the meat will be distributed.
The impoverished country has been battling a food crisis and a poor economy - but now officials say 'delicious' black swan meat is the answer as they claimed it has 'medicinal values' (file image)
The development comes just days after North Koreans were told to tighten their belts for at least another three years by officials until the country re-opens its borders with China.
People have already complained that shortages would make it difficult to see themselves through the winter, let alone multiple years.
North Korea closed its border with China in January 2020 as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.
But the move had a serious impact on the nation's economy - with prices of everyday goods rising sharply as demand outstripped supply.
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