[size=36]Agriculture: 3-fold summer season plan compared to last year and cultivation of prohibited crops[/size]
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Ministry of Agriculture approved the plan of the summer season with an area equivalent to three times compared to last year, and exceeded two million acres, and allowed farmers to cultivate all the local crops, which prevented them in previous years due to water scarcity.
"The joint committee of the ministries of agriculture and water resources agreed to provide irrigation water for the approved area of two million 106 thousand and 272 dunums during the summer season, which will start in the next few weeks," said Hamid Nayef, a media spokesman for the ministry.
He pointed out that "the abundance of water and the strategic storage of the country to more than 53 billion cubic meters, contributed significantly to pass the summer plan in full details, in addition to allowing farmers to cultivate all the space available to them, in a step that it aims to increase local production of crops To self-sufficiency. "
Al-Nayef pointed out that "the plan for the next summer season allowed farmers to cultivate all kinds of crops that had been prevented during the previous years because of the water shortage and the low level of strategic reserves of the country, including 10 billion cubic meters during the summer of last year, Last year allowed the cultivation of only five thousand acres of it in the country. "
"The crops approved by the ministry for planting the summer plan include: yellow and white maize, sesame, millet, cotton, cattle and sunflower," he said, adding that the area to be cultivated with the crop is 43,328 dunums.
"The provinces that will be planted the crop topped by Najaf, followed by Diwaniyah province, in addition to the provinces of Maysan and Diyala, which will grow the crop after a break for long years."
He stressed the readiness of his ministry to "provide all kinds of agricultural inputs that would make it possible for the farmers to meet the requirements of agriculture, Support farmers and increase domestic production from all crops. "