Statistics: Yemen’s vegetable production saw 14.4% dip in 2011

National Yemen

People Spraying Agricultural Pesticides on Plants

BY NY Staff

According to statistics recently made available, the total amount of vegetables produced in Yemen declined from 1,156,000 tons in 2010 to 988,000 tons in 2011.

The largest level of production decline occurred with potatoes and tomatoes. Local economic analysts have attributed the setback in vegetable production to a severe lack of oil derivatives, and the high cost of black market oil, which rose to unprecedented levels in the midst of last year’s sustained political crisis.

According to the analysts, the decline can also be attributed to the low amount of rain Yemen received last year, which affected the total amount of water available in dams and water barriers.