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Iraq to buy 90,000 tons of US Rice

By John Lee. Iraq has agreed to buy 90,000 metric tons of rice from the United States. US Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, said in a statement: “Iraq is buying three times more rice than we requested in our letter, so I’m thrilled that this resulted in such […]

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Turkey to supply more Water to Iraq

By John Lee. Turkey has announced that it will increase water supplies to Iraq to compensate for a drop in supply from Iran. According to Abu Dhabi-based The National, Iran has said it will cut water supplies to Iraq to prioritise projects within Iran. Turkey depends on water from the Tigris to fill a reservoir […]

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Wildfires Ravage Marshlands on Iran-Iraq Border

By Shaghayegh Rostampour for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A mother covers her daughter’s mouth and nose with her headscarf as they rush through the heavy smog that blankets a crowded street. She stops to cough, but then […]

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Video: Conflict and Drought ravage Date Palms

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Sweet Iraqi dates adorn tables in homes across the country, but the fruit tree and national symbol has come under threat from conflict and crippling drought. View on YouTube

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Video: Iraq close to Running Out of Water

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is running out of water. Its planning ministry says about 90 percent of land is now desert and the small amount of remaining farmland is shrinking by five percent each year. Now […]

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Iraq to Increase Wheat Imports

By John Lee. Iraq is expected to significantly increase its imports of wheat, as it reportedly cuts the irrigated area it plants with wheat by half in the 2018-2019 growing season due to the continuing water shortages. Deputy Agriculture Minister Mahdi al-Qaisi told Reuters: “The shortage of water resources, climate change and drought are the […]

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KRG PM receives new Consul General of the Netherlands

The Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani, received the Netherlands new Consul General to the Kurdistan Region, Mr. Willem Consijn and his accompanying delegation. Consul General Consijn stressed his country’s willingness to strengthen the relations with the Kurdistan Region. Prime Minister Barzani congratulated Consul General Consijn on his new position and wished him success […]

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Cabinet Approves Funding for Infrastructure Projects

The Cabinet held its weekly regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, and discussed progress in the implementation of measures to improve the delivery of essential services across Iraq. It approved an allocation of 4 billion Iraqi dinars for the comprehensive and immediate maintenance of the soil barrier […]

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Etihad Food Industries wins Govt Contract

By John Lee. Iraq’s Etihad Food Industries will reportedly provide Iraq’s Ministry of Trade with 200,000 tonnes of sugar and 90,000 tonnes of vegetable oil. According to Reuters, the Ministry has also bought rice from Vietnam and wheat from Australia. (Source: Reuters)

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Video: Amber Rice Crop Devastated by Drought

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In southern Iraq, fields where rice has been sown for centuries now lie bare for lack of water…. This season many farmers have not planted the treasured amber rice local to Diwaniyah province because […]

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The Secret History behind Iraq’s Stalled Water Project

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. By Histyar Qader and Awara Hamid. The Secret History Behind The Stalled Project To Solve Iraq’s Water Problems Despite ever-increasing water supply problems, the construction of one of the biggest […]

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$8m Project to plant 70,000 Date Palms

By John Lee. An Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim foundation is reportedly planning to plant a total of 70,000 date palms south of Baghdad. According to Reuters, it has already planted 16,000 date trees outside Karbala [Kerbala]. The scheme is backed by a state loan of IQD 10 billion ($8.43 million). (Source: Reuters)

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