Today, Thursday, while chairing a meeting of the National Seed Council, the Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad Karim Al-Khafaji, in the presence of the Administrative Undersecretary of the Ministry, the Ministry's advisor and members of the Council, held a number of ministries responsible for delaying the implementation of the agricultural plan.
The official spokesman for the ministry, Hamid Al-Nayef, said in a statement received by the "National News Center", that "Minister Al-Khafaji stressed at the beginning of the meeting the need to provide the requirements of the agricultural plan, whether in the field of seed pricing or in the quantities prescribed for one acre, as well as the percentage of seed processing support for farmers and farmers. He blamed “the ministries of commerce and finance of the responsibility for delaying the financial dues to farmers and farmers, which led to the delay in implementing the agricultural plan.”
Al-Khafaji also held, according to the statement, “the Ministry of Industry is fully responsible as a result of its delay in supplying fertilizers to the Agricultural Equipment Company in accordance with the agreement signed with it for the purpose of granting it to farmers and peasants, as well as its failure to fulfill the agreement on fertilizers and in sufficient quantities to complete the implementation of the agricultural plan and the development of plant production.”
Al-Khafaji pointed out that "the Finance Committee in the Iraqi parliament, describing its role as modest and unsupportive to support the Ministry of Agriculture, which negatively affected the reluctance to complete the agricultural plans."
Al-Khafaji stressed that “despite all these obstacles facing the ministry, it has achieved self-sufficiency for most agricultural crops, whether it is wheat or vegetable crops, and allowed the surplus to be exported abroad, such as potatoes and dates. Al-Khafaji called on the Ministry of Finance to reconsider all decisions related to supporting the agricultural sector. Whether it is in the field of seeds, fertilizers, or feed support for livestock and returning them to their previous status in order to sustain the development of the agricultural sector.”
Al-Khafaji also indicated that “the limited water quotas granted by the Ministry of Water Resources greatly affected the implementation of the agricultural plan and reduced it to 50% of the agricultural plan for the past year, noting that these decisions have material and moral repercussions on farmers and farmers, stressing that the government added 50 thousand dinars to the price of Buying agricultural crops instead of providing inputs and fertilizers in exchange for raising the subsidy, while the farmer did not receive these amounts, and the Ministry of Agriculture did not receive sums for subsidizing the inputs.
Al-Khafaji stressed, according to the statement, that “the ministry will have treatments for the sustainability of agricultural production, and the meeting discussed the items on its agenda, including the date for preparing the seeds of the higher ranks of the wheat crop on the twenty-fifth of this month, at a rate of 45 kg per dunam.” In addition to the quantities of compound fertilizers that are being processed in conjunction with the approval of the agricultural plan.”
The statement concluded that “the meeting concluded by emphasizing that workers in the agricultural sector constitute 60% of the Iraqi people and those who work in the agricultural profession, and therefore it has become a duty to support this sector and provide ways to advance it forward and make it an important figure in the country’s national income.”
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