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A government official revealed, on Saturday, that more than 100 new lawsuits had been filed due to the fragmentation of lands in Diyala.
The District Commissioner of Baquba, Abdullah al-Hayali, said in an interview with Al-Maalouma, "The fragmentation of agricultural lands and their conversion to residential ones in Baquba and the rest of the cities of Diyala is a negative phenomenon that has emerged in recent years due to the housing crisis and the weakness of measures to reduce it."
He added, "More than 100 lawsuits have been filed in the competent courts against farmers who have broken up the lands and converted them into residential ones without any official approvals, pointing out that some of the lands are mainly owned by the state and not privately owned by farmers."
He pointed out that "the filing of lawsuits is an attempt to reduce the phenomenon of land fragmentation, which has devoured more than 5 thousand dunums in recent years in Baquba, some of which are orchards that are about a century old."
And the housing crisis in Diyala caused a wide demand for the purchase of agricultural lands, which led to a remarkable decline in orchards and lands, especially in the main city centers.
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