Calculation at Talks with a Guinean Delegation
On October 5, 1993, President
Noting that independence depends on food,
The latter answered, “400 000 tons.”
He asked the Guinean guest about the area of arable land and the population of Guinea.
The latter answered that the area of arable land was 500 000 hectares, including 50 000 hectares under irrigation, and the population was 6 500 000.
He paused for a while calculating, and then said that 5 million tons of grain were worth 1 250 million dollars, and if the annual yield of grain reached that level, Guinea could become a rich country.
The members of the delegation were delighted to hear this.
He asked the Korean officials present if they knew how much cotton was needed to make a meter of cloth.
No one knew.
Noting that he was sorry that they didn’t know,
He then asked the Guinean guest if cotton was cultivated in his country, and said that 50 000 hectares of land would be enough to meet the demand for cotton, and if the per-hectare yield of cotton was estimated at 600 kilograms and double-cropping was introduced in the 50 000 hectares, the total yield would reach 60 000 tons.
“You can produce 300 million meters of cloth with 60 000 tons of cotton,” said
The head of the Guinean delegation said: “This is truly amazing. You know my country’s situation very well, and you have offered good solutions to the food and clothing problems for our people. It is a mystery how you do the sums so well in spite of being in your 80s.”
He stressed: “One must be good at calculating if he want to serve the people.”