AL-THAWRI: Sanaa weekly, 19-3-98. [Archives:1998/12/Press Review]

March 23 1998

(Yemeni Socialist Party – YSP)   Main Headline:
1- YSP Politburo source: ‘The caution by the Political Party Affairs Committee is a flagrant interference with the YSP’s internal affairs.’
2- YSP committee preparing for the party’s general conference continues its activities.
3- The President orders the release of one of the suspects being tried for the Aden explosions, after meeting his brothers in Indonesia.
4- Two journalists working at 14 October newspaper in Aden were detained for 8 hours without any legal justification.
5- Ministry of Oil is criticized by security chiefs for not provided enough protection for its oil tankers, which are being hijacked in remote areas.
Article Summary:
Cotton Crop Falls
By: Ali Dahmas
Cotton farmers in Abyan have blamed official agricultural bodies for the failing of the cotton crop this season. Despite notifying the Ministry of Agriculture’s office in the governorate and other plant protection organs of the prevalence of plant diseases and pests, the farmers did not get any help. The average yield of a single hectare this season is about 20% of last year’s. The returns will not be enough to cover the losses, the farmers explained.