An Iraqi farmer in Iraq has blamed a flood irrigation project that flooded his farm and destroyed his crops, saying it “caused unnecessary destruction” and that it had “ruined the agricultural livelihoods of millions of people.”
In a post on Facebook, the farmer, named as Hassan, wrote that “the irrigation system was damaged in a landslide in the area of the village of Azaa,” in the western province of Nineveh, on March 9.
He said that after the irrigation system began, “the flood water flooded my fields.
The flood waters caused my fields to dry up, the soil began to crumble, and the crop was ruined.
The water also flooded a nearby house and destroyed the carpentry and other machinery.”
The farmer said that the water had also flooded his house and caused damage to his carpentry equipment.
The flood irrigation scheme in Azaah was designed to irrigate the entire region of the country, which was inundated by floods in March, causing a loss of more than $3 million.
The farmer said he had hoped to irrigated his entire family’s farm in Aiza district of Ninevah, which is located in the same area.
Azaa is home to around 50,000 people, including more than 15,000 farmers.
The village of the farmer in Ninevach province has been completely destroyed by the flooding.
“The irrigation system that was used for irrigation has caused unnecessary destruction to the agricultural economy of many farmers, because of the water, which has flooded their fields,” Hassan said.
He said the irrigation project “causes unnecessary destruction in the country.”
Hassan wrote that the “unnecessary destruction” of his fields and the damage to the homes of farmers in the neighboring villages of Aizan and Qadis had “destroyed the agricultural and economic livelihoods” of “millions of people,” adding that “we have ruined the agricultural life of millions” because of flooding.
The farmer’s post, which he later deleted, came after he shared an image of his destroyed crops on Facebook.