By John Lee.
Azzaman reports that wheat production in 2012 rose to 3.26 million tons, despite a lack of rain.The harvest had fallen to an average 1.5 million tons in the years follow the US-led invasion in 2003, with the country becoming a net importer of wheat and other cereals.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Mahdi al-Qaisi said increasing cereal production was a top priority, adding that policies to revamp the country’s farming sector were paying off.
He said the ministry’s gift to Iraqi farmers in return for the hike in wheat production was a discount of 50% on all irrigation-related equipment.
Iraq’s wheat consumption is currently estimated at 5 million tons a year.