Skip to comments.Iraqi Farmers Union Helps Increase Crop Lifespan (Yes this is War News, Dems will HATE IT!)
Posted on 12/23/2007 8:10:18 AM PST by SandRat
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU The fruits of the past months labor were reaped when the Al Rasheed Land Owners Association took a major step in becoming a self-sufficient entity, Dec. 17, providing for the welfare of the farmers.
The organization was originally formed a few months ago, to help unionize local farmers and allow them to increase their harvests.
During the event, 250 rolls of plastic were distributed, one per farmer.
They are totally in charge. We are just here to observe, said Capt. Ken Guglielmina, Civil Affairs Team 11, currently attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
The plastic, which will be used to create greenhouses for plants, will help the crops survive the winter cold, Guglielmina said. This will help the farmers increase their income for the year.
Due to the structure of the association, some of that income will help the organization grow, allowing it to aid more farmers.
The association provides the farmers goods such as seeds, plastic and fertilizer at reduced cost to union members, Guglielmina said. The money raised by the union goes into a large communal pot used to purchase more equipment for area farmers available to them from the union at roughly a quarter of the normal market price, he added.
To become a member of the farmers association, local residents must provide the association proof of land ownership. The leadership is comprised of 16 local sheikhs sent by their villages to represent them.
One of the land owners at the days event, who had nothing but praise for the association, was Mithaq Abed, a local farmer with roughly 21 acres of land.
Abed, whose two brothers are also farmer union members, said the three rolls of plastic the family received at the distribution will allow more of his tomato and eggplant harvest to survive the winter chill.
I support the union 100 percent, he said, adding that before the inception of the union, he had to go through the black market to obtain supplies to allow his farm to grow.
Now he said the union provides him those goods much cheaper, often-times almost free. Such reduction in price only encourages farmers to get involved in the union, Guglielmina said, which now has approximately 1,500 members.
The number of farmers has helped the association raise tens of thousands of dollars, said Sheikh Mohameed Kashkol, Al Rasheed Land Owners Association leader. He said these proceeds are going to be used to buy more products.
One of the products, set for distribution next month, is one Abed said he and other farmers desperately need water pumps.
In addition to the water pumps, the union is also planning a seed distribution next week.
I'm glad to see the farmer's union continue to help us and the Iraqi people, Abed said, adding that in time he would like to see the union grow large enough to provide tractors for farmers.
It may be a while until the union grows to that size, but the steady pace has surpassed expectations. To help further encourage and sustain that growth, Coalition Soldiers provided Kashkol a computer and printer to help monitor and track purchases as well as keep steady accounting records.
Thank you for all you've given me, Kashkol said, both in terms of equipment and experience at running the association.
Although the Americans are slowly backing away and allowing the association to run their own affairs, Kashkol said he will not forget all the good they have done getting the organization to its current state.
I appreciate it whenever I see American Soldiers, he said. I am proud to know they have my back.
Since they are unionizing, you would think the rats would like this kind of news.
Great news! Thanks for posting SandRat.
We Are Winning.
Even though they're calling it a "union", I'd describe it as more of a farm co-op since these farmers are operating independently of each other to a large extent.
Let me be the first to scream: QUAGMIRE! CIVIL WAR!
That is all
From Harriet Reid’s response speech:
“ We gave back to our men and women in uniform who are sacrificing so much but because of President Bush, they remain in Iraq without a clear mission or endgame, and our Armed Forces are stretched to a breaking point. And we took steps to secure our country from terrorism, but Bin Laden remains free, Al Qaeda is growing stronger, and the President’s focus on Iraq has allowed conditions in Afghanistan to deteriorate.”
Hence the reason the rats would be upset.
Thanks for info.
Now, that is a strong statement coming from an "enemy". Come to think of it, I believe the only enemy our Armed Forces have is our very own Democrat led Congress.
Their backstabbing and actions undermining our Military is more lethal than an armed Iraqi.
That statement also shows that although our military it is extremely lethal in combat, it also shows it can rebuild the nation and get genuine appreciation from it's former enemy. Sadly we can not say the same about our Democrat led Congress and the MSM.
this is truly bad news.....
for pilosi/reid/murtha and all lib/dem anti-americans that are still praying for the US to lose!!!
“The association provides the farmers goods such as seeds, plastic and fertilizer at reduced cost to union members, Guglielmina said. The money raised by the union goes into a large communal pot used to purchase more equipment for area farmers available to them from the union at roughly a quarter of the normal market price, he added.”
Similarly we have such “Unions” I believe, or had such. I knew of them in the PNW, but they are/were called “Co-ops”, or “Farmers Cooperatives”. My Uncle was President of a couple of them during his lifetime.
They achieved the goal for small to medium sized farmers of volume purchasing that the larger farmers enjoyed is my understanding.
Perhaps somebody at FR whom actually is a farmer could elucidate on the “Farmer’s Cooperatives”, and fill in the gaps in my personal knowledge.
And at DNC HQ.
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This is a big outfit in some parts of the country.
The co-ops I am familiar with were either grain (they owned/ran) the elevators and dairy co-ops, now mostly gone thanks to the FedGov.
I still get my Smithfield UT cheese as it is the bob-diggty, made from the best of aarea milk.
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