IRAQ: Death knell for agriculture?

April 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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IRAQ: Death knell for agriculture?




BAGHDAD, 28 April 2009 (IRIN) – Water shortages, high levels of salinity, and desertification appear to have badly affected agricultural production this last winter, according to officials from the Iraqi agriculture and water resources ministries.desertification. “Our concern is big and unprecedented,” al-Qaisi said. European Commission land management and natural hazards unit. agricrops to grow.

“We are suffering from a real and serious water crisis,” Mahdi al-Qaisi, undersecretary in the Agriculture Ministry, told IRIN in Baghdad. “We are not expecting winter season crops to meet local demand, and summer crops will probably be affected as well,” al-Qaisi said.

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