20:12 - 2022-11-19
Today, Saturday, the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed its reliance on three sources to irrigate the areas of its winter plan, while noting that the use of groundwater prevented the plan from being reduced by about 75 percent.
"The ministry has prepared an integrated agricultural plan that relies on three irrigation resources, which are irrigated irrigation, groundwater and rainwater," said Hamid al-Nayef, a spokesman for the ministry.
Al-Nayef added, "The Ministry of Water Resources and the Groundwater Authority are committed to implementing the plan set by the Ministry of Agriculture," pointing out that "the official agricultural plan is estimated at 5 million and 500 thousand dunums this year."
He pointed out that "the agricultural plan shrank by 75%, but this was remedied by using groundwater for agriculture on a large scale for the current year."
Earlier, the Minister of Agriculture, Abbas Al-Alaywi, announced that the Council of Ministers approved the agricultural plan proposal for the winter season 2022-2023.
Al-Alaywi stated, in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that the areas covered by the agricultural plan will be about one and a half million dunums for wheat and barley crops for lands irrigated from river water, and two million and one hundred thousand dunums for orchards, and four million dunums for agricultural lands irrigated by water. groundwater after it was two and a half million dunums, and thirty-eight thousand dunums for the Diyala and Al-Azim regions, provided that the Ministry of Water Resources undertakes to review this plan after 11/25/2022.
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