A call to contain the challenges of developing the agricultural sector
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An economic expert considered the agricultural plan for the next season to be in harmony with the country's needs, but it requires work to contain the challenges facing this sector, at a time when preparations for the next season continue in order to achieve the goals of the agricultural plan.
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Abbas Jabr Al-Maliki, had announced the details of the anticipated winter farming plan.
He showed the details of the areas covered by this plan, which amounted to one and a half million dunums for lands irrigated by streams, four million dunums for lands irrigated by wells, two and a half million dunums for semi-permanent lands, and four hundred thousand dunams for non-permanent lands.
The minister explained that these areas could be increased if the water situation in Iraq improves, especially in light of the almost certain reports regarding the intensity of the upcoming rainy season and the great state of coordination between the Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Member of the Baghdad Economic Forum, Jaafar Yassin, confirmed that the plan announced by the Ministry of Agriculture comes in harmony with the country’s need for strategic crops, and this requires the advancement of the agricultural sector and represents an inevitable necessity at the present time for purely economic reasons, as it represents the most important pillars of the sustainable development process through which demand can be covered. growing crops, which in turn leads to achieving food security.
He said that developing the agricultural sector requires conducting qualitative studies of the reality of the agricultural process in all its aspects, adopting the results with field work in research centers, and then generalizing them to the reality of production in the various agricultural departments in the country.
He stressed in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that the reality of the agricultural sector needs redoubled efforts to move it to a better stage, as adopting advanced technologies has become a matter of utmost importance, especially since the country suffers from a lack of water revenues, while the country is in dire need of achieving self-sufficiency in crops. The strategy as a first stage and then the important crops.
It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Agriculture has begun establishing research centers for organic agriculture and integrated and biological pest control methods. The Ministry also worked, through its plans to confront the challenges of the agricultural process, to provide varieties of strategic agricultural crops that resist agricultural problems. Salt-resistant wheat varieties were provided and drought-resistant crops were introduced.
Yassin pointed out that the problem of salinity that is plaguing large areas of the country requires attention to the drainage network and raising the rates of salt water drainage.
In detail in animal production, he explained that the decline in production was due to the lack of green and industrial fodder production, the small number of cattle stations in Iraq, in addition to dilapidated traditional slaughterhouses, the weakness in the rate of industrial agricultural integration, and the lack of modern marketing centers for agricultural crops.
He stressed the importance of providing quality feed to farmers, providing veterinary medical services at nominal prices, and multiplying good breeds that can survive in the country’s climate.
He continued that the necessities of this stage require identifying the projects and programs required to be placed within the investment plans of the government and the private sector wishing to work in this sector.
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