[size=36]Agriculture reveals a plan that secures the cultivation of 5.5 million dunams and overcomes the problem of irrigation[/size]
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The official spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Hamid Al-Nayef, said, "Today, the Ministerial Council of Economy approved, at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, to reduce the prices of fodder wheat and subsidize it for poultry and animal breeders by 50%, and this important decision will support both groups."
He added, "The problem of rising flour prices is linked to the Ministry of Trade, and for us we point out that many livestock owners have started to rely on cultivated wheat as fodder because of its prices, which has affected storage and product."
He added, "Providing feed will support the livestock sector, which will positively affect the production of flour and crops, and will also raise the level of poultry production."
Regarding the problem of water scarcity for the winter season, Al-Nayef explained that "agriculture presented a plan to plant 6 million dunams, but the Ministry of Resources said that it does not have sufficient water and provides the possibility of irrigating two and a half million only, i.e. less than 50%."
He stressed that "the Ministry of Agriculture has prepared a proposed plan for the cultivation of 3 million dunams, relying on well water to provide enough water to cultivate 5 and a half million dunams."
He added, "60% of the Iraqi people depend on agriculture as a profession, and if the farmer is unable to farm due to the lack of water imports, this means that his livelihood will be affected and he may leave agriculture."
He stressed that "there is a dry season due to the water receding for the second year, and two lines must be adopted to secure water, the first is to completely replace the irrigation plan, and the second is to leave the open rivers strategy and adopt the closed-pipe mechanism to benefit from all the water reaching Iraq."