Over a dozen good fruit varieties newly bred

The DPRK agriculturists have recently bred over a dozen high-yielding fruit varieties suitable to the climatic and soil conditions of the country, which were registered on the list of national strains.

According to Kye Ryong Gil, head of the Institute of Pomiculture under the Academy of Agricultural Science, the new fruit varieties include apple, pear, peach, plum and apricot.

The sweet apricot variety with an over 18 percent sugar content can be cultivated everywhere as it has strong resistance to diseases, drought and moisture and there is no alternate bearing in this variety.

The red plum with a beautiful colour is heavy in weight per fruit, suitable for close planting and high in the yield.

The sugar content of a grape variety for wine making is more than 20 percent.

Meanwhile, the agronomists collected and analyzed the growth state of fruit trees planted in northern highlands of the country including the City of Samjiyon in Ryanggang Province and the effect of harmful insects on them and took thorough measures for their safe cultivation.

They are now striving to breed new fruit varieties that are highly resistant to cold and superior in taste, weight and yield to the previous ones by a bioengineering method.