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North Korea has got itself in a right paddy after snaps of the closed country's secret weapon for rice production emerged - serenading the crops with songs to make it grow faster.
The pictures - taken inside the secretive state's Xinyizhou region in the north west of the country - show an accordion band wearing military jackets playing "elating and inspiring" music in a paddy field while bemused workers look on.
"The idea is that the rice is inspired, the workers are inspired and the crops grow bigger and quicker," said one commentator in South Korea, where the photographs emerged.
"There is now a big inquiry into how the pictures were taken and how they got out," they added.
The growing method harks back to Communist China in it's Cultural Revolution days when bands would set up in the middle of crops and play stirring music urging farmers to work harder.
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