Iraq loses more than two million tons of wheat due to water scarcity
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Shafaq News/ The head of the Union of Farmers' Societies, Haider Al-Abadi, said on Friday that the shortage of agricultural crops is a result of water scarcity.
Al-Abadi told Shafaq News Agency, "We have lost more than two million tons of wheat crop due to lack of water and non-payment of farmers' dues," noting that
the country's production was supposed to reach 6 million tons.
According to the figures of the Iraqi Ministry of Trade, Iraq's production reached 4.539 million tons of local wheat in the current season, achieving self-sufficiency for the third year in a row.
The Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture expected that the local production would reach 6 million tons.
Iraq needs to reach the stage of self-sufficiency in the wheat crop to 4.2 million tons annually, in addition to one million tons imported for the purposes of improving quality by mixing it with local wheat.
Al-Abadi pointed out that "the next season will witness a clear shortage in the production of agricultural crops," explaining that
"the management of the water file is incorrect in Iraq."