YEMEN - Harvesting of the 2014 main season wheat crop was concluded in September while that of sorghum is ongoing and will continue until the end of November.
Current reports indicate normal meteorological conditions and the availability of agricultural inputs was adequate.
Although locally some areas in the country expect a below-average crop production due to uneven rainfall, an average total cereal harvest is currently forecast.
Accordingly, total cereal is put at 860 000 tonnes, including 430 000 tonnes of sorghum and 240 000 tonnes of wheat. A record harvest of more than 1 million tonnes was gathered in 2010.
In March 2012, the Government of Yemen approved the National Agriculture Sector Strategy and Investment Plan for 2012?2016.
Among the objectives in the agriculture sector are to raise domestic food production through improved input supply, increased farmer awareness and greater availability of credit; to provide the conditions for higher income to farmers and increased rural employment to fight poverty in rural communities; to preserve environment and natural resources using community participation; and to improve marketing efficiency, decrease post?harvest losses and develop export capacities.
The strategy recognizes the scarcity of arable land and sustainable water management.
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