MP Massoud Haidar said Friday that the farmers of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have been suffering since 3 years of non-payment of their financial dues on the supply of wheat crop.
Haidar said that the Finance Committee of the Iraqi parliament sent an official letter to the Prime Minister, Haider Abadi, to ask the Council to approve the release of the rest of the dues of farmers in Iraq in general and the Kurdistan region, especially from the amounts available before the end of the current fiscal year, according to (Iraqi News Agency).
A member of the parliamentary committee, that the dues of farmers by the Iraqi government between 2014 and 2016 amounted to 689 billion dinars (575.86 million dollars), in addition to 47 billion dinars (39.28 million dollars) the value of their dues with the government for the year 2017.
Haidar pointed out that the Ministry of Finance during the past period disbursed a payment of dues of farmers in the whole of Iraq amounted to 829 billion dinars, did not exceed the share of the farmers of Kurdistan 70 billion dinars only.
He said that the total receivables of farmers in the Kurdistan region amounted to 666 billion dinars, adding that there are 829 billion dinars currently available to the Ministry of Finance within the allocations of farmers.
He called on the MP, the Prime Minister of Iraq, to instruct the Ministry of Finance and his government, to release this amount and distributed to farmers, including farmers in the region; to maintain the level of production and support farmers in preparation for the next agricultural season.
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