The coalition of the US-Saudi aggression is intentionally destroying the agricultural sector in Yemen, Special Committee for Inventory of Damage in the Yemeni Ministry of Agriculture said, stressing that the country depends on agriculture as a main resource for the national economy, contributing to the provision of food and combating poverty and unemployment.
The Inventory Committee revealed in a report the destruction of 131 vital agricultural facilities, which were completely and partially bombed by the US-Saudi aggression over five years.
The vital facilities targeted by the aggression are agricultural markets, buildings, offices and export centers, in addition to warehouses, water installations, agricultural supplies factories and grain stores.
According to a field survey carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture in the period between March 2015 and March 2018, Saudi attacks completely destroyed 270 agricultural buildings and facilities, 43 agricultural associations, 9,017 traditional irrigation canals, 54 agricultural markets, and 45 export centers.
High precision U.S. bombs dropped by Saudi-led coalition warplanes destroyed at least 1,834 irrigation pumps, 109 artesian and surface wells, 1,170 modern irrigation networks, 33 solar irrigation units, 12 diggers, 750 pieces of agricultural equipment, 940,400 farms, 7,531 agricultural reserves, 30 productive nurseries, 182 poultry farms, and 359,944 beehives.
Website New Arab quoted an official in the committee as saying that the northern province of Sa’adah is the most affected province, especially in the agricultural side as it is among the important agricultural areas in the country and the most targeted by the Saudi-led coalition.
According to the official, who chose to remain anonymous, the shelling of agriculture in Sa’adah has led to severe damage to agricultural fields, especially planted with pomegranates, lemons and grapes, which the province of Sa’adah is known for cultivating and producing.
Referring to unforeseen damage, he said, “As it is known, the Coalition has used the most deadly weapons, which have left enormous destruction, heavy losses and catastrophic damage, whose negative effects will continue for decades on the land, plant and surrounding environment as a result of toxic chemical emissions from internationally prohibited weapons. This type of damage cannot be counted, predicted or estimated in the short term, but its catastrophic effects will appear in the medium and long term.”
In this regard, experts emphasize the importance of the existence of specialized local and international research committees to study this type of damage on agricultural soils, plants and biodiversity in general, because it may change the genetic structure of agricultural crops in the coming years.
“The coalition has targeted the agricultural sector for five years,” said Director General of Agricultural Marketing and Trade Adnan Hashid, “there are many damages that affected the marketing process, including the exposure of refrigeration warehouses and agricultural marketing infrastructure to direct shelling, as well as agricultural exports were indirectly affected by the closure of border land and sea outlets, and high transport costs.”
He also asserts that Saudi Arabia has been targeting the agricultural sector and the Yemeni economy for 40 years. “If the Yemeni society advanced in this sector, there would be a great economic renaissance because most of the Yemeni population is working in agriculture,” he said, noting that the closure of the Al-Wadea’a outlet for pomegranate exports by Saudi Arabia alone has hampered 60% of Yemen’s agricultural exports.
Agriculture is one of the sectors that suffered the greatest losses due to the aggression against Yemen.The Yemeni Ministry of Agriculture, in a report published in 2017, confirmed that the losses suffered by this sector in Yemen amounted to more than 16 billion dollars.
Source: Al-Masirah Net
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