The government's agricultural plan faces criticism... and calls for solutions
The head of the union in Karbala, Walid Hamad Al-Kuraiti, told Shafaq News Agency, "The unfair decisions issued by the Water Resources Department and the Ministry of Agriculture to reduce the percentage of agriculture to 50 percent negatively affected the agricultural sector," noting that "Karbala governorate is one of the governorates producing strategic crops such as wheat." ".
He added, "These decisions do not encourage the farmer to farm," noting that "the farmer suffers from previous debts as a result of non-disbursement of financial dues."
Al-Kuraiti continued, "There will be a demonstration by the agricultural associations to demand the rights of the farmers stolen by the central government."
And he added, "One of the unfair decisions is the increase in the prices of livestock feed," noting that "there are many calls to obtain fodder and revive livestock in Karbala."
Wasit governorate is the second not without agricultural problems, as Wasit Agriculture Director Arkan Marioush Hussein told Shafaq News that "the agricultural plan approved for Wasit governorate is 50 percent; the same is the case with other governorates, as the area on which agriculture is implemented is 676 thousand acres for the wheat crop. And about 5,000 dunams for greens."
He added that "there is unfairness to the Wasit province, and any damage will greatly affect even the rest of the other provinces."
Hussein pointed out that "this affected the issue of livestock, and therefore Wasit Agriculture was unable to provide the farmer with animal feed."
In turn, an expert in economic affairs, Ahmed Eid, told Shafaq News Agency, "Reducing the water quota is considered a prejudice to the right of the farmer on the one hand and the local market on the other." He wondered about the agrarian reform that the government is calling for, adding that "the nature of Iraq's land is agricultural."
He pointed out that "the issue of water security stands in the way of the development and progress of agriculture, as the government is unable to negotiate with the Iranian and Turkish sides on the other hand."
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