Dates in Basra

Accurate statistics are not available concerning Iraq’s current date production but the Ministry of Agriculture has said that plans underway to develop the industry in Iraq will bring the total number of date palms in the country to around 50 million.

A comprehensive initiative for agricultural development was launched by the ministry in 2007 which set a ten-year deadline to reach the stage of self-sufficiency in strategic crops, relieving the country of its almost total dependency on imports.

The initiative includes, providing farmers with seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, agricultural land and financial subsidies.

(Source: AKnews)

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