In protest against importing it at higher prices..Farmers refrain from marketing wheat to the Iraqi government
Shafaq News/ Thousands of farmers in Al-Muthanna Governorate, southern Iraq, decided on Tuesday to refrain from marketing their wheat crop to the Ministry of Trade, in protest against the Iraqi government's continuation of importing this crop from other countries at a cost exceeding the set price for local production by about a third.
A representative of Al-Muthanna farmers, Hamed Abu Ragaia, told Shafaq News Agency, "Three thousand farmers in the city of Samawah and its suburbs, (the governorate center), decided to refrain from marketing the wheat crop for the current season to the central government unless the marketing price was raised."
He pointed out that "Iraq recently bought a ton of wheat from Germany at the amount of 850 thousand dinars per ton, not to mention the costs of sea transport and then land and other matters."
And he indicated that "the central government decided to buy a ton of wheat from the Iraqi farmer at an amount of 750 thousand dinars, while a ton of barley at an amount of 600 thousand dinars, which is very small amounts compared to what is happening in the local market."
Abu Ragaia pointed out that "there are merchants who offered to the farmers of Muthanna to buy the wheat crop for an amount of up to one million dinars per ton, which means that there is a disaster that may befall citizens in the south of the country, due to the government's intransigence in its decisions at the prices of a ton of wheat, which prompts the farmer to sell it to traders, Thus, the merchants will be the ones who control the local market in the future.”
He concluded by saying, "The advantage of selling wheat to traders is that farmers get their money directly, unlike the government, which is stalling in the process of paying farmers' money, and if the government agreed to raise the price of a ton, Al-Muthanna will market to the state about 60,000 tons of wheat this season, whose harvest began today ".
It is noteworthy that the Iraqi Council of Ministers decided to set the purchase price of a ton of wheat at 750,000 dinars from the Iraqi farmer, but tens of thousands of farmers have still not received their money owed by the government for months and years, which is something that is repeated in every marketing season.
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