Members of the Municipal Council, in response to a special report which revealed that Abdali farming area is floating on huge reserves of oil, have warned the government from taking hasty unilateral decisions to appropriate the farming plots that belong to more than 1,500 people before agreeing on a compensation plan among other necessary measures in this regard.
In a press statement, the council member Ahmad Al-Bugheili stressed that the farmers are facing risk posed by the oil company especially under the absence of a well-revised plan by the state concerning this issue, considering the fact the government has been advocating the importance of setting up a food security plan in the country.
He insisted that the farmers have their rights, and that the municipality is not against any operations conducted by the oil company in that area provided it is in the public interest. However, Al-Bugheili indicated that the committee formed between the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) and the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) is yet to issue its report on how this issue will be tackled. He stressed that any unilateral decision taken by the state in this regard will hurt farmers and the farming industry, and the government will be made liable to legal measures.
Meanwhile, another member of the Municipal Council Abdullah Al- Kandari proposed the establishment of an alternative farming area for the farmers. He insisted that the construction of the infrastructure of the proposed new area should start immediately in order to avoid the problems that occurred in the scrapyard in Al-Naeem area.