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Iraq, France Sign Deal for 7 Aerial Crop Sprayers

The Iraqi agriculture ministry signed a deal with France on Thursday to purchase seven aerial crop sprayers, according to a ministry press release. “The deal is worth $30 million,” read the release as received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The contract also included training Iraqi pilots and technicians in France for the flying and maintenance […]

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Najaf Prevent Entry of Imported Tomatoes

Najaf provincial council, on Wednesday has renewed its decision to ban imported tomato crops into the province. Media Centre said that the Council of Najaf province voted unanimously to renew the Board’s recommendation No. (44) on 21/11/2009 to prevent distribution of tomato crops imported from outside the province to all outlets in the  province. This […]

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Government Slashes Iraqi Farmers’ Subsidies

The government has slashed subsidies to Iraqi wheat and barley growers, fuelling farmers’ anger across the county. Director-General of Iraq’s Grain Board, Hassan Ibrahim said the prices the government paid for wheat and barley were much higher than those prevalent on international markets. This year, wheat growers will get 650,000 Iraqi dinars ($500) instead of […]

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Arab World Needs To Invest $100B To Meet Food Demand – Report

The Arab world needs to invest more than $100 billion over the coming 20 years to meet growing demand for food from the local population, which is expected to grow to 550 million by 2030, Abha-based Al Watan daily reports Saturday, citing an official. The private sector should provide about half of the required investments […]

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FAO Expects Iraq to Double Wheat Production

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations said on Saturday that it expects Iraq to double its wheat production this year. “Iraq could produce two million tons of wheat in 2010,” an FAO expert told the press. He attributed the increase in wheat production in Iraq to the better rain season this […]

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20% increase forecast for Karbala harvest

The harvest of wheat and barley crops started on Tuesday in Karbala on 33,000 donums, according to a local director of the agriculture department. “The harvest started in the most famous regions for wheat and barley; al-Khayrat and al-Jadwal al-Gharbi districts, east of Karbala, where farmers started to harvest 15,500 donums of barley and 17,524 […]

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Minister in International Conference on Bird Flu

An Iraqi agriculture delegation was to participate in an international ministerial conference on bird flu to be held in Vietnam 19-22 of April. An official in the ministry of agriculture stated that the Iraqi delegation was to include Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Mehdi Qaysi, General Manager of General Service’s livestock Dr. Salah […]

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Small Farmers to benefit from ID33 Bn Loans

The agriculture ministry has approved 2081 loans worth 33 billion Iraqi dinars, most of them will be given to small farmers. “The loan funds’ board decided on Tuesday (April 13) during its 30th session, headed by Minister Akram Moussa al-Hakim, to approve 2081 loans,” said a ministry’s statement received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The […]

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Agriculture Ministry to Import Helicopters

The Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture signed a contract on Monday to import seven helicopters that will be used for agricultural purposes. “The contract’s total value is €17.4 million”, the Ministry said in a press release received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. It noted that the helicopters will be supplied with spare parts. “The company that […]

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Loan Limit Increased to Farmers in Kirkuk

The loan limit to farmers in Kirkuk has been increased to ID250 million. “Loan amounts depend on the farming project,” Mahdi Mubarak, the Kirkuk agriculture director, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Monday. He noted that the loan is given by the Iraqi government, and covers 80 percent of project’s cost. “Farmers will pay no […]

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