Zhou Yongkang, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Monday called for strengthened agricultural cooperation with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks while touring the Taedong River orchard farm in a suburb of Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK.
During the tour, Zhou inspected the apple storage and processing facilities of the orchard farm and visited the home of Son Jong Suk, a 77-year-old local farmer.
With a planting area of 735 hectares, the Taedong River orchard farm was built under the instruction of Kim Jong Il, top leader of the DPRK, to meet the needs of the people in Pyongyang.
The farm is also planning to develop livestock husbandry and breeding industry.
The orchard farm testifies the DPRK's achievements in socialist construction, said Zhou, who arrived here Saturday morning for a three-day official visit.
"Here, we can see that the party and government of the DPRK attach great importance to agriculture and its people's livelihood," added Zhou, who is also secretary of the CPC Central Commission of Political and Legal Affairs.
Agriculture is a strategic industry for both China and the DPRK, Zhou noted.
He expressed the hope that the two countries could strengthen exchanges and cooperation in agriculture for the benefits of the two peoples.
Zhou was invited to observe a grand military parade held on Sunday morning to celebrate the 65th birthday of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) together with top leader Kim, general secretary of the WPK and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK.