Karmian and two governorates.. the decline in pomegranate production and economic losses for farmers
Shafaq News/ Government officials in Garmian administration and the governorates of Diyala and Salah al-Din revealed on Sunday that pomegranate production has decreased by more than 50% due to climatic conditions, government neglect and random import of fruits.
The director of Garmian Agriculture, Shadia Hussein Abbas, told Shafaq News Agency, "The production of pomegranate in the areas famous for its cultivation has decreased to more than 40% due to the low humidity and dryness of the air, which caused a shortage of the crop in Garmian regions for the current season."
She pointed out that "the production of pomegranate is concentrated in the areas of Qura Tu and Cox, while it is largely absent in many areas of Karmian."
In Diyala, the head of the dissolved Muqdadiya Council, Adnan Hussein Al-Tamimi, confirmed that the pomegranate production in the district had decreased by 50% due to water scarcity and the unregulated import of pomegranate from outside the country.
Al-Tamimi said in his speech to Shafaq News Agency, "The home and center of pomegranate production in Iraq is the district of Muqdadiya (Shahrban), and the pomegranate of Shahrban is famous for its historical quality that represents the identity of the district, but government neglect and water scarcity have threatened pomegranate production and led to the destruction of many orchards producing this fruit. ".
The problems of pomegranate in Salah al-Din did not differ from that of Diyala and Garmian, due to the damage caused to the governorate’s farmers as a result of random import and the absence of protection for high-quality local products, according to Karim Kurdi, head of the Union of Farmers’ Associations.
In his interview with Shafaq News, Kurdi criticized "the neglect of supporting the production of pomegranate and not opening the doors to market it to the provinces after the accumulation of the imported product and the absence of the need for local pomegranate," stressing that "the decline in pomegranate production in Salah al-Din to more than 50%, which caused huge economic losses for farmers."
"The quality of the pomegranate is in the areas that produce it, such as Balad, Dujail and Dhuluiya, which are located on the banks of the Tigris River, and it is one of the most fertile and best agricultural lands, but the lack of support and the conditions of displacement in the productive areas increased the decline of the product," Kurdi stressed.
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