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Farmers in Kurdistan Region will be compensated, says Iraqi PM

In response to New Generation caucus letter
Undated photo of the Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi (File)
2019-06-30

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SULAIMANI — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has said that the central government will compensate farmers whose fields were ruined during floods this spring, in response to a letter from the New Generation caucus in the Council of Representatives.

In April, the New Generation Movement caucus called on Abdul Mahdi to allocate sufficient funding to compensate affected farmers.

Abdul Mahdi said on Sunday (June 30) that he had tasked the Ministry of Agriculture to do so, in cooperation with the relevant agencies of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

“The money will be allocated to the affected farmers from the sudden incidents budget,” he said.

Heavy rains this spring causing flooding across the country, which damaged homes, property, and farms and blocked roads between the cities and towns.

KRG Spokesperson Safin Dizayee told NRT Digital Media on April 1 that the government would not be able to compensate flood victims and suggested that local authorities should be responsible for handling any claims.

(NRT Digital Media)