[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
September 30, 2023[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Baghdad/Al-Masala Al-Hadath: The General Authority for Ground Water has begun securing water for the upcoming winter agricultural plan, and reducing the effects of the drought hitting the country by drilling hundreds of wells using modern methods and advanced technologies.
Sources revealed to Al-Masala that investing in groundwater is the ideal solution that will be adopted in Iraq to address drought crises.
Sources from the General Authority for Ground Water revealed that 568 water wells out of 1,000 wells were drilled within the current year’s plan, 446 wells were drilled within the public benefit plan, and 122 wells were drilled within the private benefit plan.
The authority has completed its preparations to ensure water security for the upcoming winter agricultural plan.
The Director General of the Authority, Maitham Ali Khudair, revealed in a statement that a meeting was held between the Ministers of Water Resources and Agriculture, within a coordination committee to discuss and prepare the winter agricultural plan for the 2023-2024 season.
During the past few years, Iraq recorded a reduction in winter irrigated areas several times.
Khudair pointed out that several decisions were reached at this meeting, including cultivating 4 million dunums using groundwater wells, in all governorates of the country except the Kurdistan Region.
Khudair also indicated that it was agreed to form a committee that includes experts from the two ministries to prepare the winter plan for the 2024-2025 season, with the aim of identifying the areas that will depend completely or partially on groundwater.
He also confirmed the “readiness” of the Authority’s employees in all branches and projects to implement the winter agricultural plan and ensure the provision of water to farmers, with a focus on monitoring the implementation of controls and following up on violations.
The director of the authority explained that drilling wells will continue to secure the water necessary to combat drought and supply desalination and irrigation plants and agricultural and animal uses.
The Director General of the Authority called on farmers to use modern techniques in agriculture and adopt effective irrigation methods to rationalize water consumption and address any water-related abuses.
The General Authority for Groundwater renews its activity and its keenness to continue making efforts in an effort to make the most of the groundwater reserve and invest it for the purposes of human consumption, watering crops, and drinking animals in areas suffering from water scarcity.
A media source in the authority explained that over the past years, hundreds of wells have been completed in the various governorates of Iraq, in Baghdad, Najaf, Basra, Salah al-Din, Diyala, Muthanna, Karbala, and Anbar.
The Department of Hydrogeological Studies and Investigations at the General Authority for Ground Water continues advanced studies in order to identify the most important developments occurring in the reality of groundwater throughout Iraq.
The Information Banking and Analysis Division began updating the Information Bank database and periodically and continuously following up on updating the fluctuation readings of monitoring wells throughout Iraq.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]