Adviser to the Prime Minister calls for offering “licensing rounds” in the agricultural sector
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Baghdad: Hussein Thaghb Al-Tamimi
Student financial advisor to the Prime Minister d. The appearance of Muhammad Salih to create agricultural sovereignty in Iraq, through the formation of major agricultural companies that offer licensing rounds similar to the oil sector.
Saleh said to "Al-Sabah" on the sidelines of the Baghdad Economic Forum symposium, which was titled "The Advancement of the Iraqi Agricultural Sector and Future Challenges - A Realistic View and How to Transform Towards a Green Economy," that "the next stage requires serious work that achieves a serious economic renaissance, investors are the ingredients for advancement, as the sector represents Agriculture is the basis for achieving sustainable development," pointing out that "the country needs the efforts of first-world companies to supply advanced technology and advanced expertise that can create an agricultural sector that supports the goals of sustainable production that protects the national economy."
The head of the Baghdad Economic Forum, Fares Al Salman, stressed in an interview with "Al-Sabah" the "inevitability of moving towards advanced technologies in all stages of the production process in the agricultural sector, which can take into account the lack of water revenues."
And he warned about "the importance of addressing remote sensing by means of satellites, as the need for it in Iraq has become urgent, especially since today it is an inexpensive technology for a country like Iraq, where the cost of the satellite ranges from 4-5 million dollars, while the launch cost does not exceed 25 million dollars." This helps in drawing up a water map and a projects map."
In turn, the advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Mahdi Damad Al-Qaisi, stressed, "The need to stand at the market's food supplies, to know what kind of food the citizen eats in light of the random import, which is now negatively affecting the health of the citizen and the Iraqi economy."
Al-Qaisi said, "The Dutch experience in agriculture is more perfect and developed in the world, and bilateral partnerships can be established between the local private sector and its Dutch counterpart with the guarantee of the two governments, and this serves the directions that support the agricultural renaissance, especially since Iraq has scientists who can solve all problems."
He pointed out that "the development and growth of the agricultural sector achieves sustainable agricultural development, which will be effective in strengthening the national economy by increasing the gross domestic product, as it is the engine of most activities, especially industrial ones. It is also a major contributor to national security by creating job opportunities to absorb unemployment, reduce the volume of imports, and create social stability, in addition to being a major contributor to health security, since most diseases of the age are linked to food.
He pointed out that the most important challenges facing the agricultural sector are represented by climatic changes represented by the lack of rain and high temperatures, the lack of water revenues and their continuous decrease from neighboring countries, and the deterioration of most agricultural lands, especially in central and southern Iraq as a result of high salinity, and soil waterlogging, which caused a decrease in the productivity of agricultural crops. In addition to the low productivity of livestock, the cessation of most of its projects, the limited agricultural investment and the contribution of the private sector in agricultural activities, despite its primary role in agricultural manufacturing industries, agricultural supplies and services, and others.
He pointed out that "the priorities required to be initiated for the advancement of the agricultural sector require the advancement of the water and environment axis, the most important of which is the construction of plugs and regulators that raise the water level in southern Iraq and in the tails of canals to prevent the drainage of surplus water in sewers, and the investment of groundwater and under the supervision of the Ministry of Water Resources," stressing "reconsideration With strategic agricultural plans according to climate changes, water scarcity and global variables, and direct coordination with ministries, concerned authorities and the private sector to upgrade projects supporting the agricultural sector, as well as developing an investment map for agricultural projects and supporting them according to priorities, and coordination with international and Arab organizations according to memorandums of understanding and joint agreements to transfer and localize technology for activities agricultural sector and its support.
Agricultural expert Hadi Hindas pointed out, "The possibility of manufacturing agricultural equipment and supplies, and we must go to establish factories in Iraq with production rates that cover Iraq's need, and here the public and private sectors must think about this issue, and actually start manufacturing these systems in particular."
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