Iraq loses half of its agriculture

Iraq loses half of its agriculture

Posted, 2018/8/4 23:25

Iraq loses half of its agriculture[Ayna-Baghdad]
The Agriculture Ministry revealed on Friday that the country’s agricultural sector had been hit by 50 percent drought and lack of water revenues.
“The agricultural sector was affected by the drought and the lack of water revenues entering the country during the summer season,” said Undersecretary Mahdi al-Qaisi.
“The damage will negatively affect the agricultural plan for the winter season, which the ministry is still working on,” he said.
“The damage in the summer season will reduce the cultivated areas during the winter plan,” Qaisi said.
The government decided last June to ban the planting of eight crops, including rice, corn and cotton, because of the water crisis.
For years, Iraq has been suffering from a steady decline in water revenues through the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, due to lack of rainfall in the winter season.
Iraq depends on water security mainly on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and their tributaries.

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