Farmers affected by fires to be compensated

Smoke billows from the farmlands of Kurdish farmers near Qushtapa sub-district in southwest of Erbil, Kurdistan Region on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo Credit: NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI –More than 46,000 dunams (11,366,848 acres) were torched in less than a month, according to a statement by the Iraqi Civil Defense Directorate on Saturday (June 15).

The federal civil defense also said that there were 303 fires at the farmlands during May 8 to June 14 across Iraq.

46,396 dunams (114,647,013 acres) of agricultural lands were torched, while 1,593,120 (39,366,852,532 acres) were preserved from burning in the short while.

Iraqi council of ministers has formed a committee to assess the damages caused by the blazes in all the areas in Iraq and stressed to compensate all the affected farmers, according to the statement.

Two farmers died after crop fields caught fire in Sinjar on Saturday night (June 8), as harvests go up in smoke in northern Iraq.

Farmers in the country's breadbasket had been hoping for bumper wheat and barley harvests in May and June, following heavy winter rains.

Instead, many saw their hopes turned to ash.

The Iraqi Defense Civil said on Sunday that 272 fires destroyed more than 37,000 dunams of farmland in northern Iraq last month. 

Over the last several weeks, Hundreds of hectares of agricultural lands were also burned by suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Kirkuk province and Makhmour and Khanaqin districts.

(NRT Digital Media)