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Iraq Wheat Purchases “Below Target”

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly bought 1.75 million tonnes of domestic wheat so far this season. According to the report from Reuters, the is well below a trade ministry’s target of 2.5 million tonnes. The wheat purchasing season began on 16th April and is expected to last until the end of June. (Source: Reuters)

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Water Shortages: Iraq Bans planting of Rice, Corn

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources has reportedly banned farmers from planting rice and corn, due to increasing shortages in the country. According to Reuters, Minister Hassan al-Janabi (pictured) has decided to prioritise drinking water, industry and the growing of vegetables. The Agriculture Ministry is said to be embarrassed about the decision, especially […]

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Turkey “Postpones” filling of Ilisu Dam

By John Lee. Turkey has reportedly postponed the filling of the Ilisu Dam on the Tigris river until July, as fears of major water shortages in Iraq increase. According to a report from The National, water levels of the Tigris have reduced significantly since last week, sparking renewed panic among Iraqis. The Turkish Ambassador to Iraq, […]

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Turkish Dam causes Water Shortage in Iraq

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi chaired a meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security (pictured) on Sunday, focusing on the water shortage in Iraq. The Council viewed a presentation by the Minister of Water Resources, Hassan Al Janabi, which included a plan to address the expected water scarcity for the current summer. […]

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Iraq needs to Import 2m Tonnes of Wheat

By John Lee. Despite this year’s drought, Iraq has reportedly bought more than 300,000 tonnes of domestic wheat this season, and maintained its estimate of 2.5 million tonnes of local purchases for the 2018 season. According to Reuters, this implies an import gap of 2 million tonnes, as the country uses between 4.5 million and […]

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Video: Baghdad hosts 10th Int’l Flower Festival

From PressTV. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A week-long Flower Festival is being held in the Iraqi capital Baghdad to celebrate the arrival of spring. Foreign participants say they are speechless with the sight of Baghdad shining in full bloom. Press […]

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Iraq’s Mosul Dam Lake Shrinking

The reservoir impounded by Iraq’s Mosul Dam has shrunk 60 percent in surface area from the late 1990s to present day, according to a report from the World Resources Institute (WRI): There are several factors behind this trend, including poor water resource management by the Iraqi government and intense regional droughts. But it’s Turkey’s Southeast […]

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Video: Faw Peninsula faces Environmental Catastrophe

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Environmentalists say Iraq’s once fertile Faw Peninsula is facing catastrophe. The region has seen a major collapse in its fishing and farming industries due to drought and decades of wars. Al Jazeera‘s Imran […]

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Iraq buys Wheat from US and Australia

By John Lee. Iraq’s state grains board has reportedly bought about 100,000 tonnes of hard wheat in a tender which closed last week. 50,000 tonnes is to be sourced from the United States at $332.17 a tonne c&f free out, with 50,000 tonnes from Australia at $309.95 a tonne c&f free out. (Source: UkrAgroConsult)

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Creating Alternative Livelihoods for Farming Families

Creating Alternative Livelihoods for Farming Families in Iraq In 2017, conflict in Iraq caused new displacements, while other people returned home as areas became safe. At the end of 2017, 2.6 million people remained displaced, and 3.2 million people had returned home since January 2014. FAO worked with affected communities, focusing on elderly people, people […]

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Dangerously Dirty Water threatens Iraq

From UN Environment. How dangerously dirty water is threatening one of the world’s ancient religions On an unseasonably warm winter afternoon in Baghdad, Sheikh Anmar Ayid hitches up his robe and crouches by the Tigris river. Rocking back and forth on his haunches, he flicks the water from side to side – all the while […]

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Iraq’s Lack of Water “is a Foreign Policy Problem”

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 Mustafa Habib. Iraq’s Lack Of Water Is A Foreign Policy Problem, Ministers Say Once it was the extremists who held Iraq’s water to ransom. Now it is tribes in […]

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