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Water needs a policy that secures the shares of 12 million dunams

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Water needs a policy that secures the shares of 12 million dunams

Tuesday 07 September 2021 99
Baghdad: Imad of the emirate


Increased interest in the policy required to be adopted in the use of water and its distribution in coordination between the Ministries of Water Resources and Agriculture, with serious cooperation by farmers and peasants, as there are now challenges that arise due to the lack of water revenues from upstream countries.

water policy

The expert in economic affairs, Dr. Ahmed Al-Rawi, counted the water element as the main axis for any future development of national agriculture, indicating that

the objectives of the water policy in Iraq, which were drawn through fruitful cooperation between the Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources, and with remarkable cooperation by farmers and peasants by providing water for about 12 million dunams Of the lands that are currently cultivated, and

they constitute more than half of the cultivated lands, which reflects the importance of the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers for the development of Iraqi agriculture.”

irrigation projects

In an interview with Al-Sabah, Al-Rawi continued, "The country's agricultural policy has been concerned with the establishment of many irrigation projects, which totaled more than 35 major projects, and

one of its projects is the irrigation of the northern island, which takes its water from Mosul Lake and irrigates an area estimated at 1.3 million acres.

And another project extends from the lands of Kirkuk and Salah al-Din governorates and irrigates an area estimated at 764 thousand
acres}.

water distribution

Al-Rawi stressed the necessity of using water in the optimal way, rationalizing the use and controlling the distribution of water in irrigation projects,

noting that some projects are still managed in traditional, inefficient ways that lead to water irregularity in them and emphasize the standard water standards in irrigation, as quantities of water are currently used per dunum.

The agricultural area is equivalent to double the standard rations, which leads to a huge waste that could have doubled the cultivated area.”

It is noteworthy that water rationing is concerned with studying the impact of climate on water needs and the productivity of different crops.

dam projects

In a related context, a member of the Iraqi Economists Association, Dr. Ikram Abdel Aziz, indicated that {solving the water problem and controlling its distribution requires developing sound plans to control water resources from rainwater, and

Iraq is currently exposed to a shortage in water supplies due to the policies of neighboring countries}, explaining that

{the countries of The source, which is working to build dam projects, which is one of the biggest challenges in the country as a result of the high level of water demand due to the high population.”

And Abdel Aziz continued, {Faced with this situation, an integrated management of water resources is necessary to avoid problems in the future, usually with an important strategic choice to sustain sustainable development in the country, including development. agricultural}.

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