Blockades lifted, Kurdish farmers in Kirkuk's Sargaran district begin harvesting

Another farmer, Abdulwahab, expressed his joy in harvesting his crops, stating that they are reaping the benefits of a year's work and that the day feels like a holiday.
A Kurdish Farmer showing victory sign to Kurdistan 24 camera in Sargaran district of Kirkuk.
A Kurdish Farmer showing victory sign to Kurdistan 24 camera in Sargaran district of Kirkuk.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Kurdish farmers in five villages of the Sargaran district in Kirkuk have commenced harvesting their crops following the lifting of blockades.

Farmer Sabah Ismail told Kurdistan 24, "We achieved a great success. The imported Arab settlers came to destroy us, but after President Barzani intervened and the committee of the Iraqi parliament headed by Shakhawan Abdullah visited us, the problem was solved and we succeeded."

Another farmer, Abdulwahab, expressed his joy in harvesting his crops, stating that they are reaping the benefits of a year's work and that the day feels like a holiday.

For more than two weeks, the Iraqi army had prohibited Kurdish farmers in Sargaran's villages from harvesting their grain.

The issue was resolved following the visit of an Iraqi Parliament delegation led by Deputy Speaker Shakhawan Abdullah.

Although the blockades have been lifted and Kurdish farmers have started harvesting, challenges remain. Kurdish representatives in the Iraqi parliament face ongoing efforts to counter Arabization plans aimed at undermining Kurdistan's districts.

In Kirkuk, recent developments have reignited tensions between Kurdish farmers and imported Arab settlers, as two Kurdish farmers were reportedly arrested by the Iraqi army.

Kurdistan24 reporter Hemn Delo provided insights into the escalating situation, highlighting concerns of potential clashes between the two groups.

Read More: Tensions rise as Iraqi Army arrests Kurdish farmers in Kirkuk

The incident unfolded in Sargaran, where imported Arab settlers surrounded a Kurdish household, prompting threats of retaliation from Kurdish farmers against the settlers' tents. Delo emphasized the increasing complexity of the situation, with fears of impending confrontations between the two communities.

Tensions first flared on May 8, 2024, in Sargaran and Palkana villages, with imported Arab settlers allegedly attempting to pressure Kurdish farmers and encroach upon their lands.

Despite initial tensions subsiding, underlying grievances remain, with Kurdish farmers accusing the Iraqi army of favoring the settlers and facilitating land occupation.

The Kurdish farmers, determined to protect their land, have sought assistance from Kurdish representatives, including Deputy Speaker of Parliament Shakhawan Abdullah, who pledged to address their concerns promptly.