Agriculture warns of a significant decline in wheat production due to water scarcity
Sunday, October 24, 2021 1:23 PM
Baghdad/National News Center
Today, Sunday, the Ministry of Agriculture warned of a significant decline in the production of wheat, the strategic crop in Iraq, due to water scarcity.
Ministry spokesman Hamid Al-Nayef said in a televised statement this morning: “We may not reach two million tons of wheat production in the next season, and this is a big problem that will confront us due to the decrease in the cultivated area and water revenues,” referring to
“the removal of barley from the agricultural plan due to the lifting and reducing government support from it.”
We focus on wheat and vegetables as a strategic and daily food basket.”
He pointed out that "a plan of two million and 800 thousand acres was prepared for the artesian wells," noting that
"the agricultural plan in Diyala is zero due to the interruption of water imports from Iran."
He stressed, "This decrease in the cultivated area is not permanent, and its increase depends on the irrigation situation and water releases."
And between: “We hope that rain will fall next month, and if its percentage increases, we will raise the cultivated area, as we have developed a plan to plant 9 million dunams through the bloody water of rain,” calling for “negotiating with Turkey and Iran and using the trade balance as a negotiating card in order to obtain water dues.”