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Environment: The Ministry of Agriculture’s measures to confront the phenomenon of desertification are deficient
Ultra Iraq - Editorial Team
The official in charge of the Ministry of Environment, Jassem Al-Falahi, affirmed that measures to confront the phenomenon of desertification and the lack of vegetation cover are still limited to this moment.
In statements to the official agency, Al-Falahi said, "Climate changes and the steady increase in temperatures, which have been negatively reflected in the decline in our water revenues and the lack of water security, have led to an increase in land desertification and its high rates, and the shrinking of the agricultural area and the accompanying rise in rates." Sand and dust storms with their significant and dangerous effects on the health of citizens, high rates of respiratory diseases, including asthma and allergies, as well as the great pressure they place on emergency rooms, hospitals and resources, as well as their direct effects on the movement of land, sea and air navigation, oil exports, and their economic and social effects.
He added, "One of the most important things to combat desertification is the establishment of green belts, which requires great cooperation between the Ministry of Environment, the supervisory ministry that represents Iraq in all international organizations, responsible and concerned with issues of water and food security, desertification and land degradation, and the Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources, which are bodies executive."
He continued, "Unfortunately, the Ministry of Agriculture did not take the necessary measures to confront the phenomenon of desertification and the lack of vegetation cover, and its procedures are still limited to this moment, as they are based on the lack of financial allocations," noting that "the Ministry of Agriculture, with its great capabilities and a public department specialized in combating desertification, is the duty It is to activate its work and focus on giving the issue great importance.”
He stressed that "the Ministry of Environment is ready to support the Ministry of Agriculture through international funding for projects submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture and approved by the Ministry of Environment," calling on the Ministry of Agriculture to "increase its activities through internationally funded projects and joint work with international organizations to create green belts that require sustainability and good selection of trees." ".