12:00 - 2022-09-30
The Hammad Basin project is considered one of the important strategic projects and aims to reduce the scourge of desertification in the western regions. It has significant environmental repercussions and will contribute significantly to improving the environment throughout Iraq.
The director of the Hammad Basin project, Dr. Ibrahim Manadi Ali, said that "the Hammad Basin project is one of the projects of the Department of Forestry and Combating Desertification of the Ministry of Agriculture and is located in the Qaim district, west of Anbar."
He pointed out that "the project aims to reduce the severity of desertification in the western regions, in addition to providing services to the residents of the Badia and alleviating the impact of the rising dust, adding natural oases in the desert, dams and water excavations, benefiting from rainwater and the return of migratory birds and desert wild animals, in addition to providing the necessary water to the people of the Badia through wells and facilities and the provision of various services to maintain their existence and stability, as well as the preservation and development of livestock.”
He added that "the project is part of the interests of the Arab Center for Studies of Arid Zones and Arid Lands of the League of Arab States and is linked to a series of agreements and future plans with the center," noting that "the number of sites affiliated with the project are ten, distributed in the Western Desert, all of which own artesian wells and areas. agricultural investor.
He explained that "the area of each site is estimated at about 1,000 acres and has modern technologies," stressing "the cultivation of plant varieties that withstand harsh environmental conditions with a new technology, which is water harvesting, which is environmentally friendly and low in cost."
He added, "The Hammad Basin project was carried out with the participation of 4 countries, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia, and its area is estimated at 13 million acres, and most of the crops in it bear the harsh weather and harsh environmental conditions and grow on their own at the beginning of each season by scattering the seeds they produce."
He pointed out that "the project stopped working due to terrorist operations in 2014, theft and destruction of its equipment, as well as the lack of financial allocations, which stood as a major obstacle to the completion of the project."
He added that "what is received from the allocations is to pay the salaries of workers only and does not fill the need to rise again," calling "the Ministry of Agriculture to pay attention to the project, which is the beating heart of life in the desert."
And he indicated that "the project contributed greatly to containing the residents of the desert areas, including them with the working staff, and financially supporting them through the payment of monthly salaries to them, as well as attracting residents from nearby areas, especially graduates of the Faculty of Agriculture and agricultural institutes," noting that "the project currently produces one hundred thousand seedlings annually." It carries out afforestation campaigns in government departments and schools.
For his part, environmental expert Taha Yassin stressed that "the Hammad Basin project has great environmental repercussions on the Badia, as it works to combat desertification by modern scientific and technical methods.
He added, "The project is very important to improve the environment throughout Iraq," calling on "the concerned authorities to provide the necessary support to return the project to full operation because of its great importance."
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