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Video: Iraq’s Marshes Thrive Again

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes, which straddle the famous Tigris and Euphrates rivers, are blossoming once more. View on YouTube

FAO inaugurates its new offices in Sulaymaniya

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, inaugurated its new office In Sulaymaniya [Slemani] under the patronage of the First Lady of Iraq – Ms. Serbagh Saleh; and with the participation of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Marta Ruedas; FAO Representative a.i. for Iraq Mr. René Verduijn; the […]

Iraq fears Levees will mean Parched years ahead

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraq fears bevy of levees will mean parched years ahead Although water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have been rising as torrential rains fill some of the […]

KRG Details 167 Humanitarian Projects

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has issued a report on its “Priority Humanitarian Small Scale Projects: In Health, Education, Municipality, Electricity, Social Care, Agriculture and Livelihoods and Water Sectors Kurdistan Region-Iraq 2019“. The document presents a detailed breakdown of a total 167 priority humanitarian Small Scale Projects (SMPs) for 2019. The focus […]

Cause of Mystery Spill At Mosul Lake

By John Lee. A report from Bellingcat claims to have identified the source of a mysterious black sludge in Mosul Dam Lake. Analysis of open source satellite images suggest a combination of oil waste water, caused by either oil dumping or flooding of polluted rivers by the winter rains. Click here to read the full […]

Uncovering a Fish Epidemic that stunned Iraq

Test results from international laboratories confirm that the death of millions of farmed carp in Iraq in late 2018 was caused by fish disease, not pollution. The carp suffered from the Koi Herpes Virus (KHV), a lethal disease known to cause almost 100 percent mortality rates in carps. Based on these results, we can therefore […]

Wheat Production to rise sharply

By John Lee. Local wheat production in Iraq could reach almost 3 million tonnes in the 2018-2019 season, up from 2.17 million tonnes in the previous year, according to Reuters. While the total area of wheat planted using irrigation has fallen from one million hectares in the 2017-2018 season to 550,000 hectares this season, better […]

Russia wants More Projects with Iraq

By John Lee. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Moscow is very interested in increasing trade, economic and investment ties with Iraq. Following a meeting on Wednesday with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim, he said: “In the field of investment, especially in the hydrocarbon sector, there is a very good result. Lukoil, […]

Turkey names ‘Water Czar’ to Ease Disputes with Iraq

By Fehim Tastekin for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Turkey has launched an effort to help resolve the water problem of neighboring Iraq amid bilateral tensions over decreasing flow rates in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, whose waters the two countries share. President […]

WFP helps Modernise Iraq’s Rationing System

WFP supports Iraq in modernising its Public Distribution System The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Iraq have launched an initiative to digitise the national public distribution system (PDS). The first phase of digitisation will reach nearly 1.3 million people in and around Baghdad and Dohuk. The PDS is Iraq’s biggest […]

Turkey appoints Special Envoy for Water Affairs with Iraq

By John Lee. Turkey has reportedly appointed a special envoy to Iraq to resolve the water sharing issues between the two countries. According to Daily Sabah, former Forestry and Water Affairs Minister Veysel Eroğlu (pictured), who will take up the post, pointed to the “inefficient” use of water resources in Iraq, saying “Turkey will share […]

Poultry Industry “Booming” in Kurdistan

By John Lee. Iraqi Kurdistan poultry industry is reported to have dramatically increased over the last five years. Haider Farhan, head of Kurdistan Region’s poultry industry high council, told Rudaw that there are now 2,000 chicken farms in the Kurdistan Region, producing nearly 190 tons of meat annually. More here. (Source: Rudaw)