Today, Wednesday, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced governmental measures and financial allocations to eliminate the phenomena of salinity and desertification in three governorates, while indicating the imminent establishment of a green belt in desert areas.
The spokesman for the Cabinet Secretariat, Haider Majid, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "Based on the government's interest in the file of salinity in the Euphrates River basin, which the governorates of Muthanna, Diwaniyah and Dhi Qar have been suffering from for years, in addition to the phenomenon of desertification in the Samawa desert, which lies between the Muthanna governorates. And Diwaniyah and Dhi Qar, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi directed the formation of a higher committee to oversee these files.
He added, "The Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers took over the management of this file, and immediately formed a committee headed by him and with the membership of representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources, and included a number of academics and university professors," noting that "the meetings discussed setting visions and plans to end this phenomenon, and through Three meetings came up with solutions to solve the problems that these provinces have been suffering from for years."
He continued, "In the fourth meeting, it submitted its recommendations to the Council of Ministers, which allocated an amount of 6 billion dinars, including 3 billion to the Ministry of Agriculture and the other 3 billion to the Ministry of Water Resources, so that the implementing companies can start the project to liquidate the Euphrates basin and eliminate desertification."
He stressed, "The implementing companies of the Ministries of Water Resources and Agriculture have begun to end the file of salinity in the Euphrates River Basin and to eliminate the phenomenon of desertification in the Samawa desert," noting that "the implementing companies have reached advanced stages."
He pointed out, "The next phase, after the project ends, will witness the three governorates of Muthanna, Diwaniyah and Dhi Qar with fresh water reaching them, and the salinity phenomenon that was affecting citizens, livestock and agricultural resources and agricultural resources will end," noting that "we will work to establish a green belt for these areas." desertification to end desertification, which will contribute to environmental changes.”
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