Kurdish Farmers Protest 4 Year Delay in Payments from Iraqi Government

Kurdish Farmers Protest 4 Year Delay in Payments from Iraqi Government

A group of farmers protested in Sulaimani on Tuesday (February 6) against the delay of the payment for their wheat harvests from the Iraqi government.

The group who said it was representing farmers from the Sulaimani province gathered in front of the office of the Iraqi parliament on Tuesday morning.

A farmer told that they are asking for their payments for wheat harvests they provided to the Iraqi government in the last four years.

“We call on [Haider] al-Abadi to send our payment,” he added.

“If Mr. Abadi is the Prime Minister of Iraq, why does he make differences? The other provinces [excluding the Kurdistan Region’s provinces] have received their payment,” another farmer said.

Farmers had signs with slogans in Arabic and English language.

“To Prime Minister of Iraq, Dr. Abadi, We are demanding you not to differentiate between farmers from the north and the south of Iraq, as we are all Iraqis,” an English slogan stated.

Kurdish lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament, Bakhtyar Shaways, who was at the office of the Iraqi parliament accused Abadi of being “one of the liars in Iraq because these farmers have given wheat but he does not pay them. He makes different excuses every day.”

“Abadi wants to punish the people of the Kurdistan Region, the farmers. What do farmers have to do with politics?” the lawmaker asked.

“The farmers have the right to receive their payments as they provided the wheat,” he noted.