The west coast of the DPRK takes on new looks with each passing day, as the tideland reclamation project goes full steam ahead in the country.
The nationwide tideland reclamation started in Pidan Island.
President Kim Il Sung initiated the project. During the period of the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle, he conceived a plan to reclaim the tidal flats on the west coast after building a people’s country in the liberated Korea.
During the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953), he said it would be necessary to buckle down to the project right after the war. Stressing the need to make an investigation into tidal flats to be used as arable land, he took measures to this end.
On June 22, Juche 47 (1958), he got aboard a ship to learn in detail about the prospect of tideland reclamation on the spot.
That day, he gave instructions on building a 40-km-long embankment linking several islets on the West Sea and construct a chemical fibre material base.
Later, he visited the tideland reclamation site in spite of the rainy day and indicated the way for the project, walking along the muddy road.
A grand nature-harnessing campaign was launched to create thousands of hectares of reed field, with the result that Pidan Island came into being.
Since then, many tidal flats on the west coast have been reclaimed, including Tasado, Soho, Kwaksan, Taegyedo and Ansok tidelands.
The Taegyedo tideland, the largest one in the country which was reclaimed in Juche 99 (2010), covers an area of 8 800 hectares.
It was reclaimed by building tens-of-kilometre-long embankments across the rough sea. There are paddy fields, salt works, fish-breeding grounds and reservoirs.
The reclamation of Ryongmaedo, Woldo and Honggondo tidelands are now under way. Their completion will serve as another wealth conducive to the improvement of the people’s living standards.