YEMEN Press Agency

Sanaa plans to oblige grain importers to contract with farmers

SANAA, Jan. 16 (YPA) – Executive Director of the Grain Development and Production Corporation, Eng. Ahmed Al-Khaled, said on Saturday that there are steps to be taken to oblige importers of grain to contract with farmers.

During a meeting held in Sanaa to discuss the executive mechanism for contractual agriculture, Al-Khaled stated that the agricultural institutions and the concerned authorities would supervise coordination between the farmer and the merchant to cultivate crops that can be used in achieving food security.

Through this mechanism importers agree with local producers to cover part of the agricultural products according to specific percentages.

The meeting stressed the importance of this mechanism and its role in gradually reducing the import bill, so as to ensure reaching self-sufficiency.