Coalition Funds Help Restore Citizen Farm Collective
The farmers and citizens of the area outside Baghdad are looking forward to assistance from the Coalition. As the planting season commences, the coalition is working to provide supplies and seeds for farmers to use, to help restore the Farmers Cooperative in the area. Farmers are excited about the possibility of receiving seeds, and supplies that would allow them to regain the ability to bring crops to market.
Members and soldiers of the coalition civil affairs battalion are working closely with members of the Iraqi leadership and citizen groups, working to liaison with farmers and community members that want to re establish the local Farmers cooperative. The cooperative will benefit nearly 20 thousand people, and the seeds will help restart and rejuvenate the entire farming community.
People in the Iraqi community that are not involved in farming are excited about the prospects of the farming cooperative, as it will bring trade and increased commerce to the region. Farmers from throughout the region will travel to the area to buy or obtain seed, and they will need a place to stay, and to purchase food while they are here. This type of capacity building is precisely what the Farmers Cooperative is being established to support.
The farmer’s cooperative is being constructed in an old Saddam Hussein Military complex building. The farmer’s cooperative will include cooperative rental of tractors to help plow and prepare fields, as well as other supplies besides seeds.