The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in Dhamar province has on Tuesday destroyed 171 tons of rotten seeds provided by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) under the guise of aid to the Yemeni people.
The Director-General of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture, Abdul Wahab Al-Khail, confirmed to al-Masirah news channel that the destroyed quantity was destined for the occupied lands in the southern governorates.
“We hold the United Nations fully responsible for bringing infected seeds that are riddled with fungi that destroy farmlands,” the Director-General said.
He explained that some of the bags, in which the dangerously infected seeds were packaged, some of them bore the slogan of the Saudi King Salman Center and Emirati aid.
For his part, the head of the Internal Quarantine Department in the General Administration of Plant Protection, Abdullah al-Zayadi, indicated that the seeds provided by FAO are infected with the fungus type named craviolaria” which is a new fungus that has invaded Yemen recently.
A specialist in the General Department of Quality Control in the Ministry of Agriculture, Riad Hazaa, explained that if this fungus were to spread to agricultural lands in Yemen, it would cause great damage to agricultural crops.
On April 12, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation already destroyed more than 240 tons of rotten seeds provided by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Hodeidah Governorate.