Breaking: Saudi-led war inflicted $111bn in damage to Yemen’s agriculture sector: Ministry
The Sana’a government’s Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry has enumerated the harm caused by the Saudi-led military coalition against Yemeni people, saying that the Riyadh-led aggression has, directly and indirectly, inflicted $111 billion in damage to Yemen’s agriculture sector.
At a press conference released by Yemen’s al-Masirah news agency on Sunday, the Yemeni ministry said 172 governmental agricultural buildings and facilities, 204 non-governmental agricultural buildings and facilities, and 89 water facilities, including dams and water conservation projects, were destroyed in Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes during past six years.
The ministry added that 2,314 agricultural warehouses, 75 markets, 45 agricultural unions, and 29 agricultural export centers and cold storage facilities were also demolished.
Elsewhere, the Yemeni Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry said 3,213 agricultural equipment and tools have been destroyed.
Agriculture Minister Abdul-Malek al-Thur said the damage done to the agriculture sector was very large and that more than 56 percent of those working in this sector had been negatively impacted.
Al-Thur said indirect damage in this sector includes loss of production capacity and alternative opportunities.
Radwan Al-Rubai, Yemen’s Deputy Agriculture Minister, said the country’s food security has been severely compromised in the six years of aggression and siege against the country.
He said the ministry is planning to eliminate the dire ramifications of the war on Yemen’s agricultural sector and aims to pave the way for self-sufficiency and an agricultural revolution in the country by turning the challenges into opportunities.
Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, backed by Western powers, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015 to restore the government of former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had resigned in 2014 and then fled to Riyadh.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the war has turned Yemen into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, killing almost a quarter of a million Yemenis, causing outbreaks of disease, and bringing the poor Arab country to the verge of famine.