High salt concentrations in Shatt Al-Arab district

  • 19-11-2021, 18:01
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    Basra - INA - Saba Sami

    Basra Governorate confirmed today, Friday,  the increase in salt concentrations in the Shatt Al-Arab district, while indicating that the salt tide still poses a threat to agriculture in the district.

    The Deputy Governor for District and Sub-district Affairs, Arab Al-Jazaery, said in a statement to the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "the conditions of drought, the salt tide and the lack of financial allocations have paralyzed the economic movement and prevented the development of the judiciary and the advancement of its reality in the past years."

    Al-Jazaery added, "The erosion and drought suffered by agricultural lands and orchards were due to the salt tide, which directly affected the economic privacy of the Shatt al-Arab district."

    In turn, the mayor of Shatt al-Arab, Haider Touam, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "the rise in salt concentrations in a fluctuating manner, with the absence of a clear water policy led to a halt in the development of agricultural lands and orchards in the district."

    Touam added, "The reality of the marginalized farmer has hindered the maintenance of orchards, which has greatly damaged the reality of the Shatt al-Arab district in various respects."

    He added, "There is a simplified agricultural plan that relies mainly on the cultivation of field crops such as wheat, barley, and jet, and there is a seasonal plan that is renewed every year, in addition to a plan for the judiciary to develop palm orchards."