Report: Ahwazi Centre for Media and Strategic Studies, Source: Ahwaznews.org
Crop output fell significantly as a result of the Iran regime's deliberate policy to harm Arab farmers' interests and confiscate their land.
Sources in Ahwaz claim that crop production has fallen by as much as 50% as water is cut off to private Arab farmers by state-owned water companies. The rising price of fuel and chemical fertilisers are also undermining farm incomes and productivity. The diversion of water from rivers in Al-Ahwaz to Isfahan and Rafsanjan are also taking a toll on Arab farmers.
Land is being confiscated by the regime by force of arms, resulting in the displacement of Arab farmers. The authorities have cracked down on those who refuse government instructions to surrender their land in return for payment well below market prices. Confiscation is being carried out in the context of the regime's ethnic cleansing programme, which was begun under the Khatami administration.