11:11 - 02-10-2022
Today, Sunday, the Government Media Cell announced that the Ministry of Water Resources approved its irrigation plan for the next winter season, while calling on local governments to take their role with the support of the Ministry and prevent abuse of water quotas.
A statement by the Media Cell stated, "The Ministry of Water Resources has approved its irrigation plan for the next winter season, according to water storage, water year data and the significant effects of climatic changes, in light of ministerial expectations regarding the pressure of water scarcity and expectations of its continuation for the fourth consecutive season."
He indicated, "Based on the directives of the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to develop immediate solutions to address water scarcity and indicators of the winter agricultural season, as the Ministry of Water Resources held a meeting of the opinion body headed by the Minister of Water Resources, Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, to complete the meetings of the Central Committee formed under the chairmanship of the President The secretariat of the supreme commission for coordination between governorates, and the membership of representatives of the ministries (water resources and agriculture and all governorates).
He continued, "The meeting developed a plan that included securing irrigation for 1.5 million dunums of surface water for major rivers and agricultural areas guaranteed irrigation, taking into account the necessity of using modern technologies in agriculture, in addition to securing irrigation for 2.5 One million dunums of groundwater for promising areas and according to the ministry’s plan that supports and facilitates the procedures for drilling wells and maintaining and sustaining dozens of them, which relied on technical determinants and scientific studies in irrigation and optimal use of water, with the need to use modern technologies in agriculture, as well as providing irrigation for (1,100) One million dunums of orchards, while ensuring the provision of raw water for all liquefaction plants to produce drinking water, which is one of the priorities of the Ministry's work.
The statement added, "The Ministry of Water Resources will hold a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture, for the purpose of determining the agricultural plan for the next winter season, which is consistent with the irrigation plan approved by the Ministry and to determine the areas and divide them between the governorates."
According to the statement, the ministry called on local governments in all governorates to "take their role in supporting the ministry and its relevant departments in all governorates, by preventing encroachment on water quotas and filling in the bypassed fish lakes, hoping that everyone cooperate and coordinate to ensure fair water distributions."
He pointed out, "The irrigation plan referred to and approved by the ministry, will provide irrigation for (5,100) million dunums, taking into account the provision of raw water for the main and licensed liquefaction stations, provided that all ministries and sectoral bodies concerned with consumption bear the responsibility for rationalization and optimal use of water. And the use of modern technologies, coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Water Resources, which in turn confirms its keenness on the need to adapt to these climatic changes and conditions of water scarcity.
He pointed out that "the technical and procedural criteria and parameters adopted by the ministry in dealing with water scarcity for the past seasons are still working according to the principle of mitigating damage, lifting abuses on river sections and facilities, preventing abuse of water quotas, preventing water pollution, applying the irrigation system, switching to closed irrigation and expanding the construction of Pioneering projects, as it led to controlling water waste, ensuring fair distributions to all governorates, securing the share of the marshes and environmental flow, as well as securing the share of Basra Governorate for the purposes of agriculture and drinking water, limiting the progress of the salty tide in the Shatt al-Arab and preventing its arrival to the north of the governorate.
He stressed, "The Ministry of Water Resources seeks to make the next winter agricultural season succeed, through the solidarity and cooperation of all, especially the water-consuming sectoral entities in support of the national product and in support of the Iraqi farmer, reducing imports and depleting hard currency, in addition to the necessity of the Ministry of Agriculture focusing on agricultural yields being the key." Which achieves sufficiency to the acceptable limit and ensures optimal use of water and irrigation efficiency by using modern technologies and adopting advanced methods in reducing water waste and controlling field irrigation.”
The statement stated, "The Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for adapting its agricultural plan for the upcoming winter season, through the Central Committee, in line with the plan of the Ministry of Irrigation Water Resources in the conditions of water scarcity, weak water revenues and the nature of the water year to jointly reach, convergence and cooperation from all water-consuming sectors in order to Reducing the harm to the citizen due to water scarcity, ensuring the fairness of water distributions, and supporting all sectors according to the aforementioned water data.
According to the statement, the Ministry of Water Resources calls on all sectoral institutions and citizens to “not throw industrial waste, pollutants, sewage and waste into the main and secondary river sections, in order to preserve the river’s environment and the health of citizens and rationalize the use of water to ensure the sustainability of raw water supply for all sectors in quantity and quality.” Mitigating the effects of water scarcity and joint cooperation to face those challenges related to water scarcity and climate change.
The statement explained, "The water scarcity crisis is everyone's responsibility, and is not limited to the Ministry of Water Resources, so it requires mobilizing all efforts to confront this crisis and mitigate the damage caused by unifying efforts and joint cooperation."
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