Demands to reopen canning factories and to prevent the import of agricultural crops
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Baghdad - conscious - Falih Al-Obaidi
During the past years, there was a large abundance of agricultural crops that needed canning, so this was done and put on the Iraqi markets; It was a competitor to imported goods, as well as enhancing the capacity of the national product;
This prompted a large number of farmers to demand the reopening of canning factories in all governorates of the country to be an economic tributary to the country.
Farmer Dargham Abdul Hadi Al-Ansari, from the Dujail district, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "agriculture faces a number of obstacles, including the high cost that does not cover the expenses of the agricultural process, as the price of one ton of chemicals has become one million dinars, after it was It does not exceed 350 thousand dinars.
He added, "Most of the farmers relied during the current season on wells, and this is a new obstacle, as these wells need electrical energy, and this is another cost that is added to the expenses of fertilizers, labor, and others," noting that
"80% of the farmers have taken work other than agriculture. due to high production costs.
Al-Ansari called for "re-opening the canning factories of juices, paste and jams, due to the large number of agricultural crops produced in Salah al-Din, in addition to exporting the tomato crop to neighboring countries due to the large number of production in Iraq."
In turn, Abu Ishaq Al-Faraji from Al-Dhuluiya district confirms, in a statement to the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "there is a real problem facing agriculture in Salah al-Din, which is the lack of water," noting that
"the other problem is the spraying of pesticides by farmers after the farmer was approved." Totally dependent on the province's agriculture to spray pesticides.
Al-Faraji demanded: "The ministries of agriculture and water resources support farmers in Salah al-Din."
In addition, farmer Abdul Karim Al-Khazraji said in a statement to the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "there is a great loss in the current agricultural season, due to the exposure of crops to dust storms that negatively affected agricultural crops."
And he added: "In the years of the last century, the governorate's agriculture used to spray agricultural pesticides, but now the farmer bears the burden alone, and from here we demand the Ministry of Agriculture to re-activate the agricultural pesticides' spraying, due to the large number of insects that harm agricultural crops because of them," calling for "stopping the import of some agricultural crops." This is due to its abundance in all parts of Iraq.”
For his part, the farmer, Salam Fener, demands from the people of Dujail, through the Iraqi News Agency (INA), "to stop importing agricultural crops from neighboring countries for a limited period so that he can sell agricultural crops for their abundance on his farm, in addition to opening canning factories in Salah al-Din."