Foodcrops and shortages No.3 , May/June 1996

Originally published
Heavy rains from 14 to 16 June resulted in floods which caused heavy damage to several villages and towns across the country. Initial reports indicate that about 80 people were killed, large numbers of homes were totally destroyed or damaged and thousands of hectares of agricultural land were submerged. The damage to infrastructures was also severe. The Government declared the Governorates of Mareb, Aljawf, Hadhramaut and Shabwah disaster areas and on 17 June made an appeal to the international community for humanitarian assistance. FAO is participating in a United Nations assessment team presently visiting affected areas. Immediate relief requirements include food, medical supplies, mobile water tanks, blankets and shelter.
Planting of summer cereal crops to be harvested towards the end of the year are underway in many Governorates. The aggregate output of sorghum and millet in 1995 is estimated at 0.54 million tons, about 40 000 tons more than the previous year and sharply above average. Production of wheat and barley, estimated at 168 000 tons and 62 000 tons, respectively, was virtually unchanged from 1994.

Labour wages in both rural and urban areas and cost of petrol are reported above normal.

Imports of cereals in 1996 - mainly wheat - are estimated at about 2 million tons, an increase of some 2 percent compared with 1995.