Committee to Protect Tomato Produce in Basra

A committee has been set up in Basra to protect the local tomato production against competition from imported tomatoes, an official statement said on Wednesday.

“Basra Governor Dr. Shaltagh Abbod al-Mayah has given instructions to form a special committee to handle the drop in the price of local tomatoes due to competition from imports,” read the statement that was received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

The committee will consider means of supporting local produce, the statement noted.

The Shiite province of Basra lies 590 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

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