Efforts to develop the agricultural sector and food security

2312 2015
The Ministry of Agriculture is seeking to deepen its relations with the Arab countries and the World Bank global agricultural organizations to develop the reality of the sector and exchange of experiences so as to contribute to food security of the country.

This comes at a time when the Ministry of Water Resources is working to address the water shortage suffered by the southern provinces.

Director of Relations and Media and International Cooperation Ministry Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Samarrai said in a statement »Sabah»: The ministry is seeking to develop the agricultural sector through the introduction of the latest findings of the countries of the world, pointing to the importance of the continued development of workers in the agricultural sector capacity in collaboration with views several being needs to be a regional and international support for its development.

He pointed out that the ministry's art dealer Dr. Mahdi al-Qaisi had met a number of World Bank representatives to discuss the development of the agricultural sector and food security of the country's mechanism under the water crisis and affects soil salinization and waterlogging.

He said the ministry is working to deepen the international agricultural relations with the Organization (FAO), along with the presence of coordination with the Arab Republic of Egypt for the establishment of more investment and partnership agricultural domain to discuss the prospects of joint cooperation between the two countries in the areas of research in this regard and the transfer of information and exchange of experiences and open communication between the two channels in order to develop the sector.

And at the same level, the samurai disclosed the introduction of a dedicated agricultural Badhirh with high specifications have the ability to adapt to all crops, noting that it is working to reduce the effort and the speed of sowing and reduce the entry of heavy farm machinery in the field after the crop, stressing used in the Western table hand and the Division of agriculture Center in the holy city of Karbala. In spite of the launch of additional water quotas amounted to more than 200 million cubic meters to farmland and marshes in Dhi Qar province in the past month, however, large parts of which continue to suffer from a sharp drop in the water level, amid warnings of environmental disaster will hit the population because of their asylum for the use of contaminated water. Hopes Ministry of Water Resources of large quantities of heavy rains in the coming days so that they can secure a sufficient amount of water quotas. The estimated marshes Dhi Qar area before making the previous regime on the dried early nineties of the last century, more than a million acres, while the estimated area that was flooded with water, including after 2003, only about 50 percent.

And it warned the province of Dhi Qar last month of the environmental and health disasters as a result of asylum residents to use water from unclean sources for drinking, while expected to lead to the displacement of the region.

He says the ministry adviser and Tdtha official Mehdi Rashid Mahdi in a special interview for «morning»: The problem of water scarcity in the marsh area, specifically those located in Nasiriyah, is one of the priorities of the ministry, adding that the problem was due to poor water releases from Turkey and took widen after control gangs «Daash» terror last year on a number of dams and Alnoazem on the Euphrates River in Iraq and Syria. He added that the water needed by the marshes amounts of from (60-100) cubic meters per second, with up what secured by the Ministry of them between (30-50) cubic meters per second, pointing out that his ministry succeeded last November after heavy rains, the promotion of Marshes of Dhi Qar, 200 million cubic meters extra in order to fill the shortage of water in them. Mehdi hopes to launch additional quantities to the marshes in the coming days, noting that sufficient quantities of heavy rain in the Euphrates basin areas will accelerate the processing of the quota needed by the marsh areas in Dhi Qar.

The Minister of Water Resources, Mohsen al-Shammari said during his inspection visit to the marshes of Dhi Qar, last month that it is unreasonable that the ministry has adequate water and fired to the marshes in order to address the shortage suffered by calling on the federal government and international organizations to exert pressure on the Turkish side of to promote water releases to Iraq.

© Al Sabaah 2015