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British newspaper: Iraq is heading to revive manufacturing industries with private investments

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2021/03/30 15:18   Readings 392   Section: File and Analysis


British newspaper: Iraq is heading to revive manufacturing industries with private investments

Baghdad / Al-Masala: A report by the British newspaper, The Independent, on Tuesday 30 March 2021, spoke of Iraq's efforts to restore life to the manufacturing sector, which was severely damaged during the period of economic sanctions in the 1990s and after the year 2003, following the stoppage of the remaining factories as a result of the comprehensive openness policy that It caused heavy losses, forcing it to lay off its workers and leave the economic scene due to its inability to compete.

The report says, it seems that the high rate of consumption witnessed by the Iraqi society and its increasing need for transformative food industries sufficient to meet its needs in large quantities, motivated the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture and investors to enter strongly to activate this sector again.

The Iraqi endeavors focused on supporting food industries that depend on the surplus of Iraqi crops and vegetables, according to a plan that depends on distributing them to governorates and agricultural cities that are far from the capital and from the centers of the most prominent Iraqi cities, to revive economic activity in these areas that suffer high rates of unemployment and poverty.

The Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad al-Khafaji, stated that the private sector will establish the largest plant for the production of tomato paste in the Middle East, in the province of Diwaniyah, in addition to establishing a number of other factories in the governorates producing tomatoes, during the current year, to benefit from the surplus production in the manufacturing industries.

Al-Khafaji added that the ministry is currently working on giving approvals to the private sector to establish advanced model marketing centers in all governorates, including a marketing center and advanced cold stores to accommodate the local agricultural product.

Al-Diwaniyah is one of the most important Iraqi cities in the production of various agricultural crops, especially rice, and it is located on the highway number one that connects southern Iraq with Anbar Governorate through Baghdad. Percent of the Iraqi market need, as it is witnessing ostriches and deer breeding.

The advisor at the Ministry of Agriculture, Mahdi Damad Al-Qaisi, points out that manufacturing industries projects contribute to the employment of manpower and help in the growth of agricultural production.

Al-Qaisi adds that there is a surplus in tomato production, and that benefiting from it in tomato paste industry will contribute to operating the labor force and eliminating the damage that may result from the lack of refrigerated warehouses. Agricultural.

The specialist in economic affairs, Saleh Al-Hamashi believes that there are some difficulties that may face the project, especially in its raw materials, and indicates that the success of the project will make Iraq a source for regional countries, and he adds that Iraq has the infrastructure for these industries, and he used to own the Karbala canning factory and some special factories for these Industries cover more than 70 percent of the domestic market, according to the newspaper.

He refers to a number of problems that the project may face, including the problem of the raw material.

Although there is an abundance of tomato crops in the summer, production decreases and its prices increase in winter, in addition to the need to have large cold stores to store the crop, and stresses the need to develop a plan for planting The crops entering the industries to secure the raw materials, especially as it is one of the profitable investment projects that cannot work in one season because the production costs will increase.

He continues that the food processing industries will provide job opportunities, reclaim new lands, and preserve economic wealth, and it is also possible to export the surplus to regional countries' markets, including the Arab Gulf, to be in competition with the Iranian and Turkish producers who dominate the tomato paste production industry.

The government enacted laws that helped in the advancement of the food industry, amid speculation that the entry of the importer should be prevented if self-sufficiency in paste is achieved.

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