Iraqi parliament spokesman says President Erdogan has accepted the demand for more water to Iraq
10.10.2018 - Reuters
President of Iraqi Parliament Mohammad al-Halbusi announced that President Tayyip Erdogan had accepted more water for Iraq.
Halbusi, who met with President Erdogan yesterday, said in a statement that "President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accepted our request in order to ensure that all the provinces of Iraq, especially Basra, have access to water."
Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement, stating that there are serious inadequacies in water resources, and the crops will be reduced by 55 percent in 2018-2019 season. Under the current water condition of the country's wetlands reduced by 55 percent compared to last year and wheat cultivated wetlands of 315 266 hectares will not be exceed he emphasized.
The ministries of agriculture and water resources will carry out studies to fill gaps in winter crop cultivated land according to the rate of water stock brought by precipitation.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) stated that the reduction of cultivated land would cause a decrease of about 20 percent in wheat production and this could lead to more imports.
Iraq has been importing wheat in order to maintain the food support program launched in 1991 against economic sanctions imposed by the UN.
The level of the Tigris River has visibly dropped , with Iraqis able to cross the river on foot in some places.