Resources proposes legal legislation to stop wasting water in agriculture
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BAGHDAD - The
Ministry of Water Resources proposed, today, Monday, legal legislation to prevent water waste in agriculture, and while it provided solutions to overcome the problem of water scarcity, it confirmed that the Iraqi delegation visiting Turkey will soon demand that an annual quota be installed from the Tigris and Euphrates waters.
Adviser to the Minister of Water Resources, Aoun Diab, told Al-Iraqiya News, and it was followed by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "entering the memorandum of understanding between Iraq and Turkey on water requires the implementation of a set of items to move forward, and therefore an Iraqi delegation will be sent to visit Ankara to go the talks further."
He added, "The memorandum established positives by securing a share of the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates, and we aim through this visit to determine the annual water quota, and the issue is associated with the projects implemented by Turkey, including the Al-Ghab project in the south of the country.
He continued, "The problem is that the previous memorandums of understanding were not implemented because it was not ratified, while the last memorandum was ratified by the Turkish Parliament and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which means that Ankara is obligated to implement it because it took the form of an agreement."
He pointed out that "Iraq will demand a water share of approximately 13 billion cubic meters of the Tigris River column, and that Turkey will not complete more than 75%, and the percentage may reach 9.750 billion cubic meters if 100% of the projects are completed."
Regarding the solutions that Iraq must implement to address water scarcity, Diab explained that “the ministry has presented plans and a strategic study, and it needs to secure a large cash block to implement 3 solutions represented in
engineering works to change the irrigation system currently in force in Iraq, and secondly,
rehabilitate the existing projects implemented before they go towards extinction, and thirdly,
establish networks Irrigation via closed irrigation.
He stressed that "the use of water in agriculture as currently applied causes great waste, and
therefore a proposed law must be enacted by us entitled (Modern Irrigation), which obliges the farmer to install a modern irrigation system in exchange for providing support to the farmer, provided that no support is given to those who do not need any support."