Iraq Must Not Depend Only on Oil, says PM

Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has called on Iraqis not to depend on the country’s oil fortune only, reiterating the necessity to develop other sectors of the economy such as agriculture and tourism.

“Iraq is the homeland of agriculture and tourism, and it is not right to keep on fully depending on its oil fortune,” Maliki said during the Third Agricultural Week, organized by the Iraqi Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources in Baghdad.

Maliki also reiterated “the necessity of the State’s related institutions and staff to concentrate on these two important resources.”

“The development of agriculture shall achieve a ‘Green Iraq,’ a clean environment, the rehabilitation of the countryside, and the achievement of food security in order to avoid a potentially huge food crisis,” Maliki said.

In conclusion, the Iraqi Prime Minister said that “Iraq is able to develop its agricultural sector, within a short period and with limited funds”.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

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