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Agriculture: We will not close our door to importers and investors in the agricultural sector
Economy News _ Baghdad
The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed, on Monday, that it will not close its door to importers and investors in the agricultural sector, indicating that closing borders to imported agricultural products will be subject to the "agricultural calendar."
The Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad al-Khafaji, said during his meeting with a number of members of the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce, according to a statement that "Al-Iktissad News" received a copy of, that "the ministry will not be closed to importers and investors in the agricultural sector, and we are working to find transformational industries to absorb the surplus of agricultural crops."
Al-Khafaji added, "Closing the borders to imported agricultural products will be subject to the agricultural calendar and will be according to a database that everyone can see in order to transparently identify the amount of plant and animal agricultural products that can be provided to the consumer and determine the actual need for import." Iraqi to the free market system. "
Al-Khafaji pointed out, "A sub-committee will be formed to consult with investors and importers and formulate new foundations for work in accordance with the law and instructions in force regarding the issue of importing veterinary medicines and vaccines, import licenses, and excluding some animal products from the import ban."
For their part, members of the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce affirmed their "great readiness to establish transformative industries such as paste factories, date molasses and other materials to supply the market with local products," while a number of importers expressed their "willingness to abide by any agreement with the ministry and to exploit lands that are not cultivated with crops to establish Factories for manufacturing foodstuffs, employing manpower and providing hard currency for the country. "
It is worth noting that the Ministry of Agriculture had previously stopped importing 28 agricultural and animal materials, after obtaining self-sufficiency and support for the national product.
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