Phase 2 of Khuzestan’s 550,000 hectare project begins 27 years after the order of the leadership – rahnam

According to the economic reporter of rahnam news agency, the implementation of the second phase of the 550 thousand hectare plan for the restoration of the lands of Ilam and Khuzestan, which was supposed to start this year, has been canceled for this year, and as the Deputy Minister of Jihad Agriculture announced in a conversation with rahnam news agency, with the provision of resources The next financial year will begin.

The origin of the land restoration plan of 550 thousand hectares of Khuzestan and Ilam plains is the result of the Supreme Leader’s visit to Khuzestan province in 1375, and after a quarter of a century since this event, the second phase of the implementation of this plan has not yet started.

The implementation of the first phase of this project in an area of ​​297 thousand hectares caused a boom in agricultural production, increasing the country’s agricultural production by more than 4 million tons and breaking the wheat production record in Khuzestan province.

The implementation of the second phase of this plan requires more than 90 thousand billion tomans of financial resources, which are provided from the four sources of the government budget law, international finance, production and domestic investors.

We read the details of rahnam’s interview with Safdar Niazi, the Deputy Minister of Water and Agriculture, about the details of the second phase of the implementation of this project, which is now in the study and financing stage.

Delivery of remaining lands from the first phase to farmers

Safdar Niazi, Deputy Minister of Water and Soils of the Ministry of Agricultural Jihad, in a conversation with the economic correspondent of rahnam News Agency, said: The project for the rehabilitation of agricultural lands in Ilam and Khuzestan is 550 thousand hectares, the first phase of which amounts to 297 thousand hectares has been opened and is now being exploited.

He added: Part of the first phase of this project has been delivered to the people, and another part is being delivered, and the defects of this phase are also being fixed.

Providing financial resources for the revival of agricultural lands in Ilam and Khuzestan from 4 locations

The deputy director of water and drainage of the Ministry of Jihad Agriculture continued: In the second phase, about 250 thousand hectares of the remaining plan will be implemented; We are currently studying and funding.

He clarified: In the budget law of 1402, it was stipulated that the income of 20 percent of the government’s share from sugarcane production and ancillary industries should be used for the implementation of this plan. In the law of the 7th development plan, this issue is also taken into account.

China finances 1.7 billion dollars for the restoration of the lands of Ilam and Khuzestan

Niazi said: It is also planned to finance this project through finance, so China has agreed to finance this project with the amount of 1.7 billion dollars.

He added: The initial memorandum for the finance of the Khuzestan and Ilam land restoration project has been signed, which can provide the entire financial resources of the second phase.

The problem of Iran’s financial obligations for finance will soon be resolved by the central bank

The deputy minister of water supply and irrigation of the Ministry of Jihad Agriculture continued: We are consulting with the central bank and the vice president to provide the necessary commitments to the Chinese side.

China’s financial resources reach the plan in 1403

Niazi said: After presenting the necessary commitments by the central bank, the final finance contract will be signed and we hope to provide financial resources through finance in 1403.

He pointed out: Of course, we have not limited ourselves to finance for the implementation of this project, and we are pursuing other financial sources so that we can provide financial resources through production, also domestic investors are ready to implement a part of it, which is under legal review. We are in this relationship.

90 thousand billion budget required for the second phase

Referring to the reasons for the delay in the implementation of the second phase of this plan, Niazi said: We are seriously pursuing to implement this plan, which is the order of the Supreme Leader and is the concern of the authorities.

He explained: Currently, the first phase studies have been completed and we have entered the second phase of studies. The studies will be completed until the required financial resources are provided.

The Deputy Minister of Jihad Agriculture continued: The main issue for the implementation of the project is the provision of financial resources, so that more than 90 thousand billion Tomans are needed.

The implementation of the second phase of the 550 thousand hectare project will begin next year

He clarified: “Then we will know that we can start the implementation of this project this year, but we hope that this project will start in 1403.” With financing, we can complete this project within 4 to 5 years.

Niazi expressed: We hope to increase the production of agricultural products by more than one million tons by implementing the second phase of the 550 thousand hectare project.

He added: With the implementation of the first phase of this project, we saw a significant increase in production in Khuzestan province, so that the record of wheat production in this province was broken, and part of this increase in production is due to the implementation of phase one of this project.

70 thousand hectares of the second phase of the Ilam and Khuzestan agricultural land revitalization plan are for development

The Deputy Minister of Agricultural Jihad continued: Out of the 550,000-hectare agricultural land restoration plan, 500,000 hectares belonged to Khuzestan province and 50,000 hectares to Ilam province. In the first phase, 40 thousand hectares of this project have been completed in Ilam, and only 10 thousand hectares are left for the second phase.

He said: 70,000 hectares of the second phase of the Khuzestan and Ilam agricultural land revitalization plan will be developed and new water sources will be provided to these lands, and rainfed lands will become irrigated lands, and the rest of the lands will improve their performance.

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