Today, Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture explained the reasons for the delay in the completion of the Green Belt project, while confirming that it had taken the first steps to activate the Euphrates River salinity project.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mithaq Abdul-Hussein, said in a statement to the official agency, followed by the “National News Center”: “The green belt project is still under study because there is a controversy between water and agriculture at the present time,” stressing “the need to save water and not use agricultural crops.” Uncontrolled because it will waste water.”
Abdul Hussein added, "The ministry is working on balancing two things, the first is the use of water and the use of the agriculture strategy to serve Iraqi food security and protect the local product from high prices, and the second is to use the least possible share of water."
At the same time, he pointed out that "the Saudi initiative to plant one billion trees in Iraq is currently being studied to activate it on the ground."
He pointed out that "there are also multiple initiatives, a project affiliated with the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers (Euphrates River Salinity Project)," stressing that "the ministry is currently in the first steps to activate the project, which aims to register areas and stabilize sand dunes in the governorates of Diwaniyah, Dhi Qar and Muthanna."
Earlier, the Baghdad Municipality revealed the details of the Green Belt project around the capital, while noting that it will contribute to reducing temperatures and reducing dust storms.
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