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WikiLeaks: 2007-11-06: 07BAGHDAD3674: PRT Ninewa: Local Farmers Launch Multi-sectarian, Multi-ethnic Agricultural Association

by WikiLeaks. 07BAGHDAD3674: November 06, 2007.

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 06:30 PM UT


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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07BAGHDAD3674 2007-11-06 03:18 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
VZCZCXRO8634
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #3674 3100318
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 060318Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4230
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/DIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 003674 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/04/2017 
TAGS: EAGR EAID ECON IZ PGOV PHUM
SUBJECT: PRT NINEWA: LOCAL FARMERS LAUNCH MULTISECTARIAN, 
NULTIETHNIC AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION 
 
REF: BAGHDAD 2860 
 
Classified By: Ninewa PRT Leader Jason Hyland: for reasons 1.4 (B) and 
(D). 
 
1. This is a Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) 
message. 
 
2. (C) In a region of eastern Ninewa, northern Iraq, more 
often known for confrontation and competition over scarce 
land resources, six Al Hamdaniya District farmers - with 
strong PRT Ninewa support (see reftel) - established October 
24 the province's first multisectarian, multiethnic 
agricultural association.  Representing hundreds of farmers 
from the Shia Shabak, Assyrian Catholic and Assyrian Orthodox 
communities, the six founding members of the organization's 
board of directors pledged to support shared responses to 
common agricultural problems like high, unsubsidized prices 
on farm inputs like seeds, pesticides, fuel and fertilizer. 
 
3. (C) Amid the input price shocks and new international 
market competition since 2003, the farmers also face a lack 
of credit.  By matching their pooled resources with PRT 
support for revenue-generating activities, such as 
USG-supported tractor rental, the association plans to 
generate enough income to support input purchases for its 
members.  Further, the PRT is examining ways to connect the 
local Director General of Agriculture's and University of 
Mosul's extension services to the association's structure to 
boost both local capacity and local interest in the 
organization.  Both institutions have been supportive of the 
associations from their conception earlier this year. 
 
4. (C) PRT Ninewa plans to follow the launch of the Al 
Hamdaniya organization with a November launch of a second 
organization in Tal Keif District.  Following successful 
establishment of both organizations, which are operating 
under different management structures, the PRT plans to 
support the establishment of similar organizations throughout 
the province, under the leadership of farmers and 
entrepreneurs who are similarly interested in shared problems 
that overcome competing ethnic and sectarian land claims. The 
PRT, which worked hard to get buy-in from local farmers and 
offered concrete support, is taking a low-profile approach to 
this initiative in order to protect the security of the 
Iraqis who have taken this bold step. 
CROCKER

 



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