Babylon / Iqbal Mohammed
The Department of Agriculture of Babylon predicted Tuesday that the production of grape fruit to 67033 tons during the current year in all regions of the province to provide the climatic conditions for him in terms of heat and light and good soil, which encouraged the expansion of agriculture to meet the need for domestic consumption.
"There is a great interest from the farmers in growing the largest number of grape trees throughout the province, especially in the south, and the production of grape fruit in the province is expected to reach 67033 tons during the current year in all areas of the province to provide," Salah al-Geshmi, director of agriculture in the province, told Al-Mada. Climatic conditions have in terms of heat and light and good soil, which encouraged the expansion of agriculture to meet the need for internal consumption.
Al-Gheshmi pointed out that "the cultivated area is estimated at 6480 dunums and includes more than 1,117,244 grape trees distributed over most of the province's orchards. The productivity of the single tree is estimated at 60 kg and the surplus quantity of the local market is marketed to the central and southern governorates."
He attributed the reasons that encouraged the farmers to maintain its cultivation is "
The ease of reproduction and the rapid growth and success of cultivation in the sandy and low-moisture and surface and low depth in addition to the abundance of production, which leads to the farmer with a good financial returns, where there are many varieties most famous Kamali and Halwani and Alde Al-Anz and black French and Mahrzi and white pigeons. " Support for the owners of orchards through the provision of fertilizers and the amount of 60 kg of dab and 75 kg of urea fertilizer per dunum in order to raise productivity, and most grape orchards are located in the areas of southern Babylon and the main part is on the tourist road linking Hilla with the judiciary Scientific and hand Hamzah , which includes dozens of specialized villages to produce grapes. "
Farmer Karim Hashim Venhrh village 8 km south of the province and is located in the tourist road that connects the city of Hilla to spend the Hashemite said in an interview for the " long ", that"
The villages of the tourist street in Hilla is considered one of the largest areas of Iraq production grape fruit and variety is there are large orchards located under the shade of palm trees and the peasant work of large Spatiyat stretched out iron wire under the debris in order to expand and spread grape bushes. "And Hashim that" villages of the tourist street issued to all provinces Grapes of all kinds and there are specialists in these villages are working on the grape growing and grapevine scientifically. "
Hashim said that" the peasants rejoicing when they see grapes grapes hanging from under the palm trees and say in the bottom of themselves, we have succeeded in our work. "
He called the peasant Albali central government and the Ministry of It is prudent to protect this crop and not allow it to be imported from abroad.
In August 2008, the Iraqi government launched a comprehensive initiative to improve the country's agricultural reality and set a 10-year deadline for Iraq to attain self-sufficiency in strategic crops.
It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Agriculture issued from time to time decisions to ban the import of some types of vegetables and fruits on a temporary basis in order to give local farmers an opportunity to market their products by protecting them from competing crops. The last such decision was taken by the ministry on February 26, 2012, Of the neighboring countries, but the decision was implemented in all the Iraqi border posts except those located within the borders of the Kurdistan region.
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