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[size=52]American report: Western countries provide Baghdad with technologies to modernize agricultural and irrigation methods[/size]

[size=45]Translated by: Hamed Ahmed[/size]
[size=45]An American report revealed that Western countries and relief organizations have provided Iraq with advanced technologies to upgrade its ancient water system and modernize farming methods, stressing that the current drought exposes the marshes fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to danger. According to a report by the American Associated Press, translated by Al-Mada,[/size]
[size=45]That “Abbas Hashem’s eyes were anxiously heading towards the horizon of the waters of Mar Al-Chibayish, the day was nearing its end, and yet there was no indication of the return of the last buffalo he owned.”[/size]
[size=45]And the report continued, "Hashim knows very well that when his flock is late in returning after spending a period of grazing in the marshes, this means that it has died."[/size]
[size=45]He pointed out, “The dry land on which he stands is covered with cracks, fissures, and thick layers of salt covering wilted papyrus leaves in the water surface of the Chibayish Marsh, amidst a terrible scarcity this year in the flow of fresh water from the Tigris River.”[/size]
[size=45]And the report stated, “Farmer Hashem had already lost five of his herd of 20 buffaloes since May, which were emaciated by hunger and poisoned by the salt water seeping into the low-lying marsh basins.”[/size]
[size=45]He explained, "Other breeders of buffalo herds in the area say that their animals have died as well, or that they produce milk that is not suitable for sale."[/size]
[size=45]The report pointed out, “Hashem says that he is used to this place being full of life. Now it is a desert or a cemetery.”[/size]
[size=45]He stressed, "Experts believe today that drought, caused by climate change and the percentage of salts, in addition to the absence of a political agreement between Iraq and Turkey on water, are factors that endanger the marshes fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers."[/size]
[size=45]And he stressed, "The water scarcity this year, which is considered, according to the FAO for Food and Agriculture, the worst in 40 years, has exposed buffalo breeders to poverty more than the burden of debt, forcing many of them to leave their homes and migrate to nearby cities in search of work."[/size]
[size=45]And he continues, “The rural families in the marshes that depend on agriculture and livestock breeding have been subject to government neglect for a long time due to the preoccupation of officials in Baghdad with political crises.”[/size]
[size=45]And the report added, "When the government introduced strict directives this year to rationalize water consumption, the people of the marshes became more desperate."[/size]
[size=45]And he continues, “Iraq, the oil-rich country, did not rebuild the old, dilapidated water pumping stations, nor did it renew the infrastructure of its irrigation systems.”[/size]
[size=45]The report warned that “hopes to reach an agreement to share water from Turkey, from whose lands the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flow, have diminished and been hampered by stubbornness and conflicting political loyalties in Iraq.”[/size]
[size=45]And he went on to say, “The farmer, Hamza Nour, 33, found a patch of fresh water. He used to go out five times a day with his small boat across the marshes to fill his containers with water and bring it to his animals.”[/size]
[size=45]The report continued, “Nour said that he and his two other brothers from the family have lost more than 20 buffaloes since May, but he did not leave the area to go to the city as other farmers did, adding: I do not know how to do any other profession.”[/size]
[size=45]The report indicated that “Ahmed Mutlaq, 30, who lived all his life in the marshes, feels the same, and says that he witnessed periods of drought in previous years.”[/size]
[size=45]The report noted, "Mutlaq believes that the authorities should release more water in the warehouses, blaming the neighboring countries that take Iraq's water shares."[/size]
[size=45]"We feel overwhelmed, the farmers are asking us for more water, and we can't offer anything," said Salah Farhad, director of the Department of Agriculture in Dhi Qar Governorate, according to the report.[/size]
[size=45]The report emphasized that "Iraq depends on the Tigris and Euphrates river basins to provide drinking water, irrigation and sanitation for a country of 40 million people."[/size]
[size=45]And he stressed, "The competition to acquire the sources of the two rivers, which originate from Turkey and cuts lands in Syria as well as Iran before it reaches Iraq, has complicated Baghdad's ability to prepare a water plan."[/size]
[size=45]And the report continues, “Ankara and Baghdad were unable to reach an agreement on a specific amount of water flow for the Tigris River.”[/size]
[size=45]And he continues, “Turkey is bound by the 1987 agreement to release 500 cubic meters per second towards Syria, which it shares later with Iraq.”[/size]
[size=45]And the report added, "Ankara has failed in recent years to abide by its commitments, due to the declining water levels, and rejects any future water-sharing agreements that force it to release a specific amount."[/size]
[size=45]He stated, "Iraq's annual water plan prioritized enough drinking water, then what to equip the agricultural sector and release enough fresh water for the marshes to reduce the salinity there, but this year the quantities of supplied water have been reduced by half."[/size]
[size=45]And he talked about "the increase in the level of salinity in the marshes, with Iran diverting the course of the Karkheh River to flow into its territory and preventing its access across the border to feed the marshes in Iraq."[/size]
[size=45]“There is a dialogue with Turkey, but it encounters many delays, but with Iran, there is nothing,” Hatem Hamed, an official in the planning department at the Ministry of Water Resources, said, according to the report.[/size]
[size=45]The report continued, "Iraq's needs are so urgent that several Western countries and relief organizations are trying to provide Iraq with advanced technologies to upgrade its old water system and modernize the old methods used in agriculture."[/size]
[size=45]And the report went on, “An American diplomat said that the US Geological Survey has trained Iraqi officials to read satellite images, to enhance the strength of the argument among the Iraqis when negotiating with Turkey.”[/size]
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