[size=36]Disclosure of an expected investment cooperation with Saudi Arabia to develop the agricultural sector[/size]
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, Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad Karim Al-Khafaji, directed, on Wednesday, to find a mechanism to import tissue seedlings to develop the palm sector, while announcing an expected investment with the Saudi side.
Ministry of Agriculture spokesman Hamid Al-Nayef said in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of, that the Minister of Agriculture Muhammad Karim Al-Khafaji chaired a meeting of the opinion committee in the ministry to discuss strategic plans for the development of the agricultural sector, in the presence of agents, advisors and general managers of the ministry's departments and companies, as well as the head of the General Union For agricultural associations.
He added, "Al-Khafaji stressed at the beginning of the meeting the ministry’s interest in implementing its strategic plans in developing the agricultural sector and its two parts, both plant and animal, as well as his emphasis on advancing the administrative and executive work of all departments and formations of the ministry in order to speed up the completion of orders and move away from the bureaucracy by reducing the administrative routine that Constitutes a burden on the state and the citizen. "
According to the statement, Al-Khafaji stressed, "the necessity to implement the directives of the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, regarding the general directors related to the field presence in Dhi Qar Governorate, in order to identify the problems and obstacles that the governorate's farmers suffer in order to overcome them through possible means of support for the agricultural process in Dhi Qar." Governorate".
Al-Khafaji pointed to "the importance of promoting the poultry sector by increasing local production and finding local treatments for poultry producers in order to continue the production process." He also directed "to form a committee to follow up the flow of agricultural products and deliver them to citizens at reasonable prices coinciding with the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan."
He pointed out that cooperation will be made with poultry producers in order to find an appropriate price for the product on the one hand and to the consumer on the other side, with the aim of preserving the local achievement of poultry producers, pointing out the need to find a mechanism for importing tissue and soil offspring to prevent the transmission of any disease from countries. The other and seeking the help of experts specialized in this matter, and this decision comes in order to promote the palm sector. "
Al-Khafaji stressed the continuation of discussions on investment, indicating that there is an expected investment cooperation with the Saudi side, especially in the field of introducing modern technologies through the Saudi Al-Khorayef Company, with which there will be cooperation.
He explained, that an urgent committee was formed to study the matter in order to develop the agricultural sector, develop new irrigation systems and produce multi-capacity irrigation in conjunction with the scarcity of Iraq's water revenues, which requires the adoption of a policy of water rationing. ”
For his part, Al-Nayef indicated that the meeting discussed the paragraphs included within Its agenda and taking appropriate decisions regarding it, including the formation of a high-level committee to follow up the invested companies, in conjunction with the ministry, and a statement of the economic feasibility of its work, in addition to the need for the ministry to have the authority to decide and be 51% instead of 49% so that the ministry can ensure the success of its work.
He pointed out that the meeting emphasized the reduction of the prices of seedlings produced within the horticulture and forestry nurseries and stations and selling them to citizens at prices lower than the local market,
as well as discussing a number of other paragraphs in order to address them, including the establishment of a regional center for food security to confront water scarcity and climate change.
He continued: Likewise, the central veterinary laboratories project for veterinary diagnostics and research, in addition to the ministry's support for all full-time agricultural engineers and veterinarians, and creating suitable job opportunities for them through the activation of Law 24 and obligating the agricultural departments to give preference to the full-time workers before contracting to others through associations established for this purpose and in each Provinces in order to find the necessary opportunities for them.
He stressed that the meeting concluded urging everyone to increase agricultural production in quantity and quality in order to reach self-sufficiency and secure the foundations of food security for the citizens. Ended 29 / A 87