The Ministry of Agriculture announced on Wednesday that its summer plan for this year includes the planting of 600 thousand acres of vegetables, while noting the exclusion of some crops.
"After consultation with the Ministry of Water Resources and according to the amount of water that will be provided, 600,000 dunums will be planted for vegetables in the summer plan for this year," ministry spokesman Hamid Nayef told Iraq News.
He added that "the Ministry of Water Resources will provide us with enough water for one million acres of orchards to be the total summer plan for this year 1.6 million acres, pointing out, to exclude some crops from the summer agricultural plan, including rice and maize.
Water Minister Hassan al-Janabi said last week that water in the Tigris and Euphrates was enough for 40 percent of farmland.
Iraq is suffering from water shortages due to Turkey's decision to fill the Alesso dam in early July, resulting in a shortage of water imports of the Tigris River.
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