Marginalization threatens to decline agriculture in the "basket" of Iraq's bread
Shafaq News/ The Director of Nineveh Agriculture, Rabie Youssef Soran, accused on Thursday, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, of marginalizing the governorate and its farmers in a large way.
Soran said in an interview with Shafaq News Agency, "Nineveh needed 2,000 irrigation sprinklers as a down payment, but the ministry only equipped it last year with seven sprinklers, and this is a shameful and shameful number against Nineveh, which is described as Iraq's bread basket."
The local official expressed his concern about the upcoming season, noting that "Nineveh has 8 million dunams suitable for cultivation, and the farmer in Nineveh cultivates about 6 million of them, each year with wheat, barley and other crops, and next year may witness cultivation of less than half, due to drought."
Regarding the current agricultural season, Soran explained, "The numbers and the governorate's production of wheat and barley are not mentioned compared to previous years," warning of "the delay in completing the island's irrigation project, which provides water for giant agricultural projects."
And he indicated that "his remaining out of service is not a good thing at all, and the Iraqi government and the Ministry of Agriculture must put this project among their priorities, because it will provide production in huge quantities for the country and provide thousands of opportunities for labor."
The Director of Nineveh Agriculture concluded his speech by saying that "the current harvest season was limited to lands that are irrigated by the sprinkler system, while the lands whose owners depend on rainwater are harvested only rarely."
Iraq is exposed to a lack of water levels flowing from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in addition to a clear shortage of rain water, which led to a shortage of agricultural production in the country.
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