Because of the water crisis, an expert expects that there will be no drinking water next year
Sweetened Last update 04/28/2022 | 5:46 pm
Adviser to the House of Representatives for Agriculture and Water Affairs, water expert, Adel Al-Mukhtar, confirmed on Thursday that Iraq has entered a dangerous stage in the water file, expecting that there will be no drinking water next year due to the seriousness of the situation in the country.
Al-Mukhtar said in an interview with the "Information" agency, "The statement of the Minister of Water Resources four days ago about strategic storage and its reduction to half of last year's storage portends a serious water disaster in Iraq."
He added, "The agricultural plan for the last season was reduced to two and a half million, and this year it will reach less than one and a half million only," wondering,
"What if the next winter is also dry? Diyala governorate and river areas in particular.
The water expert explained that “Iraq has entered the dangerous stage, and if there are no real solutions, we may enter into a water scarcity crisis in Diyala and other river areas,”
calling for “the necessity of merging the ministries of agriculture and water resources into one ministry.”
He added that "the ministries of agriculture and water resources are responsible for the agricultural plan, considering that the plan uses more water than its necessary needs," pointing out that
"the cultivation of one million acres of the wheat crop needs four billion cubic meters of water, and that the change of irrigation systems from traditional to modern. The amount of water used is only one billion or one and a half billion.” End / 25 ر