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Iraqi Agriculture contracts French company to supply crop-spraying aircraft Thursday, March 17th 2011 11:00 AM Karbala, March 17 (AKnews) – A financial official in the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday that a French company has been contracted to supply crop-spraying aircraft to control pests on Iraqi plantations. Dr. Ghazi al-Aboudi said in a local government conference in Karbala yesterday that the price of the aircraft was reduced from 21 million euros ($29 million) to 17 million euros ($23 million). Abboudi went on to explain that the French company also trained the Iraqi pilots and engineers who will operate the aircraft during a special training course in South Africa. “The agriculture ministry will receive one of the planes next week,” he said, adding that “a delegation from Iraq was sent to South Africa to complete the purchasing deal at the company's branch there”. The chairman of Karbala’s Agriculture Committee was reluctant to display any optimism in the move however and criticized the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture for thus far failing to provide essential support tot the province’s agricultural sector. Sataar Safi al-Aardawi told AKnews that to date the Ministry has often failed to follow through with the implementation of the projects it announces. “All the promises made by the Ministry have been ink on paper,” he complained, “and we hold the Ministry responsible for the low agricultural production in the country due to their lack of support for farmers”. Reported by Hasoon al-Haffar Sa/Ka/AKnews
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