Hmmm, this article says they wanted to close the borders due to fears about food smuggling..what do you think, yota?
Iraq: raced to withdraw funds from banks and Commerce Minister afraid of severe food shortages
29/4/2013 | (Voice of Iraq) - Add a comment -
BAGHDAD - «life»
Monday, April 29, 2013
food prices rose in the Iraqi market as a result the deteriorating security situation in a number of provinces, which includes border crossings more importantly for the entry of goods from neighboring countries, especially Diyala neighboring Iran and al-Anbar adjacent to Jordan and Nineveh, near Turkey. The number of deputies accused the government of neglecting the Iraqi parliament on food security projects, despite numerous warnings launched by the Ministry of Commerce. And lost Iraqi forces control of the cities and towns in the provinces of Salahuddin and Kirkuk after storming the NRF Square sit-in in the city of Hawija last week, killing and injuring dozens of protestors.
saw bank branches Iraqi government and private during the past week تسابقا by customers who rushed to withdraw their assets for fear of worsening the security situation in their towns and get a shortage of food supplies. These fears began to be realized after the deficit dealers Iraq to find alternatives fast to secure many of the foods that were يستوردونها from Jordan and Syria, especially after the issuance of decisions closed whereby crossings Trebil with Jordan and Husaybah with Syria because of the deteriorating security situation proximity.
expressed Iraqis expressed concern about the issuance of instructions close the crossings Rabia between Nineveh and Syria and crossing with Turkey, markets may lose so upstream importantly for food any Turkey, especially if it escalated events in the province of Kirkuk, which will close with the only road linking Baghdad and the Kurdistan region and then Turkey, and will happen the same thing with the supply of Iranian goods If Diyala province witnessed similar events.
member of the House of Representatives for the Iraqi List Suhad al-Obeidi confirmed the «life» that such risks were not included as part of the programs of government agencies concerned, it was always believed that Iraq has oil and economic power is not food security. According to al-Obeidi that Commerce Minister Hassan Khairallah Babiker already launched clear warnings during his attendance at meetings of the Economic Committee of Parliament.
Ministry of Commerce
said Babacar finally that after taking office and brief him on some of the facts relating to food security, it was found that the risk of famine is more threatening to the Iraqis, pointing out that the wealth Iraq's oil would not benefit the country in the event happened variable political, diplomatic, or even war are concerned neighboring countries. He continued: «the existing balance diet is not enough to only four months, and all that now consume comes from outside the border, particularly from Iran, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait», stressing the need to activate a plan to secure food security strategy as soon as possible, otherwise the results will be disastrous, especially that Experience has shown we are unable to find internal stability or configure good relations with neighboring countries, which often arena is witnessing interactions clear ».
expert and academic economic Emad Al Aboud confirmed for the «life« that the dangers that are talked about and Commerce Minister is absent in the present for the schemes Iraqi legislator. He pointed out that international experts have warned also of the scarcity of imports Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the coming years due to lack of rainfall on the one hand and building Turkey dams giant requires filled with huge amounts many years, «here we anticipate events and think about alternatives to many of them stop wasting groundwater and seawater desalination ».
food industry is still suffering Iraqi crisis planning and clear-cut because of what poses in this country markets of food products come from outside the border. He noted Aboud nature الإنفاقية of the Iraqi people which is the highest in the world, referring to a study done on it is proved that the head of the household average spends all his monthly income on food and can adapt according to the rate of income, pointing out that the Arab individual spends 50 to 80 percent of its resources on food while Western does not distract the individual more than 20 percent on food. He pointed out that this large variation due to the weakness of the culture of food rationalization. Between «that is owned by Iraq of wealth may help him to get out of difficulty crises, but we have to exploit these resources for making shield vulnerable economic crises, with the expectation of continuing to the size of the disaster.
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Edited by TBomb, 30 April 2013 - 04:51 PM.