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Agriculture sector under threat in Yemen

The October 2008 floods in south-eastern Yemen led to criticism that delays in recovery efforts and distribution of food aid were putting lives at risk. Now an official has warned that if the agricultural sector in the affected area is not revived fast enough, farmers will seek work elsewhere. Talking to IRIN, the humanitarian news service of the UN, Omar Muhaiwer, director of the Agriculture and Irrigation Office in Hadramaut Valley explained: "Agricultural infrastructure was severely damaged [in the floods] and many of our farmers are jobless now. We fear that this will lead to migration from agriculture to other sectors, which will create a serious problem." The flooding not only washed away crops, soil, beehives, and livestock, but several coastal villages were also affected when fishing boats were destroyed.

Date published: May 2009

 

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