Journal of Remote Sensing Technology
Journal of Remote Sensing Technology(JRST)
ISSN:2330-1767(Print)
ISSN:2330-1775(Online)
Frequency: Annually
Website: www.bowenpublishing.com/jrst/
An Approach for Improving Agricultural Production in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq by Developing Agricultural Land Capability and Suitability Maps
Abstract:
The Kurdistan region is suited for agriculture as it boasts large areas of arable land and fertile soil. Recently, the region has developed significantly despite extremely challenging circumstances. However, agriculture lags behind, and poor performance in local agricultural production systems make them incapable of competing in a free market with cheap and mass-produced imported food from well-established and funded agricultural producers in neighbouring countries. Current agricultural production is not meeting local requirements. This paper presents a practical science-based management approach for improving agricultural production by developing Agricultural Land Capability and Suitability maps for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The approach matches the biophysical characteristics of the land for agricultural production and suitable available climatic conditions at specific sites with required agricultural produce. The outcomes were four GIS-based binary land capabilityand suitability maps. One was produced for the whole region, and three maps represent the main Governorates. It is hoped that these maps will form part of the basis for a science-driven planning and management approach to increasing agricultural production in the region.
Keywords:Agricultural Production; Agricultural Land Capability and Suitability; Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Author: Serwan M. J. Baban

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