I. General information
Last updated: December 2010
Overall executive summary
The National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has developed an efficient system and integrated measures for managing pest risks and controlling pests. The Central Plant Protection Station (CPPS), the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), is in charge of the plant protection section. The CPPS has its branches in each province and county, which are responsible for managing pests in the areas under the direct control of the Ministry of Agriculture.
During the farming season when pests occur and cause damage to crops, the MoA will form a pest management group to give advice on pest management, based on the pest surveillance information collected from every province and county.
The NPPO holds two periodical workshops every year. At the workshops, participants share their successful experience on pest management and receive necessary training on it.
In 2009 and 2010, there appeared soil born pests such as grubs and cut worm and immigrated pests such as army worm and plant hoppers which caused serious damage to crops. The MoA managed them by applying the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods, especially the use of biological control agents such as Bt and Trichogramma
The MoA also thoroughly eradicated newly occurred pests such as Trionymus agrestis, Cephalosporium sp and Autogrpha sp in some areas.