Calls for the promotion of the agricultural sector 7/30/2015
Plan calls for "clear-cut" elevate the agricultural sector and warning of "a lack of" vision and appropriate legislation
Long-Presse / Baghdad - Confirmed the Ministry of Planning, said Wednesday that the agricultural sector support contributes to run a lot of other sectors, especially manufacturing industries, while the Ministry of Agriculture revealed a plan to achieve food security through increased strategic crop production, called on the Ministry of Water Resources to develop a clear plan to evaluate the reality current and former agricultural, and identify obstacles to its development.
This came during the first agricultural planning conference in Iraq, which was organized by the Ministry of Planning, today, under the slogan (about optimal agricultural planning for agricultural renaissance), in the framework of the quest for "activating the development in Iraq sectors and qualify to be supportive of the national economy", in the presence of ministers Planning and Agriculture, and a group of agents and representatives of ministries and provinces, and researchers and specialists, according to a ministry statement received (long-Presse) a copy of it.
The Minister of Planning, Salman al-Jumaili, in his speech to the Conference, said that "the first agricultural conference held in these difficult economic conditions and challenges through which Iraq aims to pay a contribution of this sector estimated effective in increasing the GDP and advance the country forward," adding that " the agricultural sector is one of the important sectors of the Iraqi economy to the advantage of all its issues draws us to provide the necessary support to promote it. "
He added Jumaili, that "the agricultural sector is characterized by being one of the promising sectors in Iraq to capacity arable land areas that could be made into production and take advantage of the lowest cost possible," noting that "the agricultural sector contributes to the achievement of food security and has a direct relationship to the lives of citizens, especially that of sectors attractive labor if the proportion of workers 20 percent of the total Iraqi working hands. " He stressed the minister, the "big agricultural sector projects with other sectors link," pointing out that "the support of the agricultural sector contributes to run a lot of sectors, especially manufacturing."
He Jumaili, expressed the hope that "the conference will be a new starting point in the development of promising agricultural policies that lead to the advancement of a comprehensive agricultural sector."
For his part, Minister of Agriculture, Falah Hassan Zeidan, his word, that "food security is one of the most important national and global challenges as a result of the increase in population and the high standard of living and low production and productivity of plants and animals alike," adding that "Iraq is suffering from a crisis in water revenues that It depends mainly on the basis of the neighboring countries, which impacted negatively on the reality of the agricultural sector. " Zidane said, "The Ministry of Agriculture has prepared a plan to meet the challenges facing the agricultural sector in Iraq in order to achieve food security and to meet the needs of citizens by increasing the production of a set of strategic crops".
So said Minister of Water Resources, Mohsen al-Shammari, in a speech delivered on his behalf, Director of Planning in the Ministry of Water Resources, Jamal Mohammed, said that "agriculture in Iraq still occupies an important aspect of economic and social development, as 20 percent of the population works where," noting "Agriculture is the second largest contributor to GDP after oil."
He said al-Shammari, that "Iraq has all the elements of a comprehensive agricultural renaissance is good land necessary and water as well as labor and capital, and all what is required to achieve the aspired progress through sincere and effective will that employs those elements to achieve the desired goals," returned to "achieve those goals requires plan clearly defined to evaluate the current situation and the past, and to identify obstacles to the development of this sector in previous years to take advantage of them and starting to hard work and beyond and will address scientific and conscious and honest ways. "
Meanwhile, the head of the Union of peasant associations in Iraq, Sheikh Hassan al-Tamimi, in his speech, "The agricultural situation is moving towards or very dangerous curve as a result of the lack of a clear vision and a lack of track, because of the adoption of laws pertaining to the agricultural sector by the House of Representatives." , adding that "liability may be solidarity of the legislative and the executive branch in the Iraqi government as it is the responsibility of all ministries put the right plans in the agricultural sector."
And wished Tamimi, that "the Ministry of Water Resources minutes at work when you speak about reform projects", calling on the ministry because "give a true image of the reclamation process and the implementation of projects."
It is noteworthy that Iraq's agricultural sector suffers from a significant decline in years, due to the numerous wars during the previous period, as well as water scarcity, and the lack of government support, and follow the opening-up policy is studied in the import of agricultural products from abroad.