Military


Ministry of Water Resources

The Ministry of Water Resources' 2004 budget is one-hundred-fifty million dollars, in comparison with just one million dollars under Saddam Hussein. The Ministry is slated to begin a program to modernize the management of Iraq's water system. The ministry will also continue its work clearing irrigation canals and re-flooding the enormous marshlands in southern Iraq that were drained by order of Saddam Hussein. "Without these canals, much of Iraq's agriculture would literally dry up and blow away, taking with it twenty percent of Iraq's economy," said coalition administrator Paul Bremer. The irrigation program will employ approximately one-hundred thousand of Iraq's unskilled workers.




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