The National Emergency Commission of Mongolia held a meeting at the State House on 19 August. Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh, Deputy Speaker U.Enkhtuvshin, the governors of the 21 provinces as well as the heads of ministries and agencies participated in the meeting.
Because of major road construction work, the Dakhan highway linking the agriculturally-rich Selenge Province with the capital has been closed. This has created a logistical nightmare with an inevitable price hike hitting Ulaanbaatar consumers. The obvious solution is to improve the transportation of vegetables by rail.
This is not the only problem: Mongolia has suffered from extreme weather, which has hit some provinces quite badly.
This year, Mongolia cultivated an area of 502 thousand hectares. Harvesting is currently already underway. In some regions such as Bulgan, Orkhon, Arkhangai and some soums in Selenge provinces the yields are expected to correspond to average levels; however, Khuvsgul, Khentii and Sukhbaatar provinces have lost over 2500 hectares of crops. In addition, Tuv, Khentii, Darkhan-Uul, Uvurkhangai, Uvs and Selenge provinces are expecting very poor harvests.