The delegation of the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine is conducting a field tour with the Minister of Agriculture Saleh Al-Hassani and the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in the Netherlands Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi to the Dutch factories for the purpose of developing the production in terms of type and quantity as well as visiting cheese and dairy factories and genetic insemination of cows.
On the occasion of the visit, the director of Al-Joud Company, Dr. Maitham Al-Bahadli, said: "Visiting the Netherland came under official invitation from the Dutch government to the Iraqi government represented by the sectors directly related to agriculture and water. The idea of the project is that the Dutch government wishes to support the agricultural and water sector in Iraq through joint agreements of understanding, which aims the private sector directly under the auspices of the government side represented by the Iraqi Embassy in the Netherlands. The Embassy made a great effort to facilitate the arrival of delegations, especially the delegation of the al-Abbas'(p) holy shrine."
He added: "The visit included very important sites nominated by the Dutch side to work in the agricultural sector in Iraq; the first visit was to the company (Bles Dairies), a company concerned with the production of high-quality calves (Friesian) and other types and have many international production sites, working in two ways : The method of production of calves and exporting directly, and the most recent method is the production of embryos and their shipment frozen by nitrogen to the countries targeted by the process, to be put in the uterus of cows and produces a calve with the same genetic status which means it does not take the characteristics of the carrier mother, but the characteristics of the genes transferred from the Netherlands.”
"This is a very important visit, as they work with a very high technology, and if it is implemented in Iraq, it will be a high leap in the country, as it reduces the cost of producing calves, saves a lot of time and effort especially in the shipment of the frozen embryos instead of transporting small calves."
He added: "Views were exchanged views between the delegation of the holy shrine, the Iraqi Minister of Agriculture, and the experts present in this meeting, and we have seen a great desire of the Dutch side to work in Iraq as Iraq is a fertile ground for such projects; especially that the Dutch side consider the south and center areas of Iraq almost secure.
The two sides expressed their views on the mechanism that can be followed, and informed them about the agricultural projects of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, for which they have shown interest. Then we called them to visit Iraq especially that the Holy shrine is the first to provide the country with such pilot projects. We hope that there will be future visits by the Dutch side to Iraq in coordination with the Iraqi Embassy in the Netherlands and we will be in contact with the Dutch side especially since the project management vision in the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine is clear about benefitting from the expertise of the Dutch side that is specialized in this field thanks to working for more than one hundred and twenty-nine years to develop the sector to the very latest technologies.
He concluded: "We had also a tour in Ware Food Group, which is one of the world's top four companies in the field of cheese production. It has a very high technology and its productivity is very high. It consumes about 10 percent of Dutch milk production in the production of various kinds of cheeses. We were able to witness the company's work and policy in terms of expansion and development during the tour we took in this huge company, which relies on the robot technology programmed in the production of cheese to obtain the accuracy, quality and high efficiency in production. This is a very advanced opportunity for us to contribute to the development of milk production and dairy products. Many ideas have been put forward, and we were granted the special commercial labels according to the European specifications which are called (CA). Many discussions followed, especially in regard with the production of cheese.”