11 million dunums of land designated for the winter agricultural plan
23/11/2017 12:00 am
[rtl]Baghdad / Taha Hussein
The areas set by the Ministry of Agriculture amounted to about 11 million dunums for the cultivation of various agricultural crops during the current winter season, revealing the decline of the water reserves in the country to 13 billion cubic meters only.
The Ministry of Water Resources confirmed that the water reserves of the country, which fell to 13 million dinars, were distributed during the meeting of the agricultural committee with the two ministerial committees. Only 1 billion cubic meters will not be allowed to grow.
He pointed out that the Ministry of Resources confirmed its opinion based on the water situation, which is evident annually on the first of November, attributing the decline in the water stock in the country to the policies pursued by the neighboring countries with Iraq and non-compliance with international conventions related to the launch of all water quotas allocated to the country.
Al-Nayef said that the amount of water available in the country does not permit the cultivation of more than three million and 500 thousand dunums. However, the two committees in charge of this matter have agreed to include the liberated areas within the current winter agricultural plan and give the opportunity to their farmers. Donums for growing wheat, barley and vegetables crops of all kinds.
He added that the land to be cultivated will be divided by three million and 400 thousand acres for wheat, and 500 thousand acres for the cultivation of barley, while will be allocated 100 thousand acres to grow vegetables, pointing out that the Ministry of Resources promised to increase the cultivated areas provided water rations, stressing his commitment to farmers to the need Commitment to the agricultural plan, noting that the two ministries will not compensate any farmer does not comply with those instructions.
He stressed that the ministry's mechanism to cultivate these lands outside the plan was not random, but rather from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. While knowing the number of wells in them and calculating the rate of rain precipitation annually.
He pointed out that the ministry obliged the farmers to market the wheat and barley crops to the Ministry of Commerce in order to determine the real production volume of these crops during the agricultural season. He confirmed that his ministry is fining those who did not commit them to marketing to silos and stores of the Ministry of Commerce. Of all kinds from his ministry, which amounts to 50 percent, in addition to the penalty will also include not included in future agricultural plans.
Al-Nayef revealed that the ministry has completed all the necessary preparations to start implementing its agricultural plan for the current winter season by providing chemical fertilizer, urea and dap, in addition to pesticides, seeds, irrigation equipment and harvesters at high subsidized prices. Its agricultural season begins several weeks before the northern regions.
He pointed out that the Minister of Agriculture obliged the directors of the departments and directorates of agriculture in the governorates to cultivate according to the actual reality and not to include land unsuitable for agriculture and considered the contrary in the plan, indicating that the purpose of the procedure is to know the exact numbers of areas that are actually cultivated and real production and thus know the average yield per dunum And to oblige those departments to follow up the implementation of the plan in each governorate and to provide the ministry with the correct information before the harvest season. [/rtl]
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