[size=36]A parliamentary committee calls on the government to form a crisis cell to address water scarcity and its repercussions on agriculture[/size]
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The statement continued, "During the meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the committee, the water scarcity and drought crisis and its repercussions on the agricultural, environmental, economic and social sectors were discussed, especially for the marsh dwellers and their animal wealth, as well as the release of the amounts allocated to the sectoral ministries in accordance with the emergency support law and the doors to disbursement, in addition to discussing the status of The current summer agricultural plan and the upcoming (proposed) winter agricultural plan.
He added, "The committee discussed setting dates for field visits to the sectoral ministries concerned with the work of the committee and its affiliated formations, as well as its visit to the Agricultural Bank."
The committee studied the Third Amendment Law to the Law on Irrigation Projects Implementation No. (138) for the year 1971. The committee also studied the approach of the Presidency of the House of Representatives to include the important laws of the committee on the agenda of the upcoming parliament sessions, which are (Agricultural Land Leasing Law, the first amendment to the law regulating the lease of agricultural land and ownership of the right to dispose of According to the statement, the committee called on the government to assume its legal responsibilities to form a crisis cell to address water scarcity and drought and its repercussions on the agricultural sector and its impact on society, especially the residents of the marshes
. It also called on the government to activate the negotiating process with countries source to demand an increase in water imports.
The statement stressed, "the government should compensate the people of the marshes who lost their livestock as a result of water scarcity and drought that ravaged the marsh areas through preparing an integrated inventory in cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and local governments in the governorates."
The statement indicated that "the committee agreed to hold a meeting with the honorable Speaker of Parliament to obtain his approval to form a parliamentary delegation to visit Turkey and Iran to discuss the water file with them."
The statement demanded, “The Ministry of Water Resources to commit to the strategic study and to maintain the rate of water inundation for the marshes not less than 35%, and that the calculations of the agricultural plan started from the dams to the issuance of the main rivers and not vice versa, as well as the agreement on activating the oversight role of the committee through conducting field visits to ministries And its affiliated formations, where it was agreed to visit the Mosul Dam and Badush Dam in Nineveh Governorate, and the General Company for Petrochemical Industries in Basra Governorate. Ended 29/R77