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Improving Agriculture, Employment and Peace

By Dr. Layth Mahdi. Prior to the 2003 Iraq had adopted an agricultural policy based on the financial, administrative, technical and technological support from the government for the development of the agricultural and industrial sectors. This policy led to the domestic production to provide 75% of the food requirement and a GDP contribution of 7.5%. […]

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Iraq Extends Poultry Products Ban

By Simon Kent. Apparently concerned about the lethal pathogenic H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, which has previously been reported in Iraq, the country has extended a ban on poultry imports. Previously French poultry product imports were banned in December, but in January the ban was extended to over 20 countries. Monday’s ban on […]

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Iraqi Lab Produces Resilient Date Palms

By Simon Kent. Biologists at the University of Basra have produced lab grown date palms which they say can better endure disease and problems of salinity and climate change which have decimated a once thriving date industry. Iraq used to produce over a million tons of dates a year, until war and other adverse conditions […]

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Video: Iraq Agriculture on Verge of Collapse

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Farmers in Iraq say their industry is on the verge of collapse. They blame years of conflict, government neglect and the rise of ISIL for nearly destroying the agricultural sector. Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz […]

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Iraq’s Ambitious Wheat Target

By John Lee. The general manager of the Grain Board of Iraq, Saad al Hamdinee, has reportedly told a conference in London that Iraq is expected to produce 3.5 million tonnes of wheat this year. According to a report from Reuters, he said this was in accordance to our plans put in place over the […]

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IS Bans Grain Exports

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. Let Them Eat Bread: ISIS Extremists In Mosul Iraq Ban Grain Exports, Ensure Food Security The northern Iraqi province of Ninawa is one of the country’s best producers of cereals […]

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Security Crisis Sees Harvests Halved

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. Extremists Go Against The Grain: Security Crisis Sees Farmers’ Harvests Halved in Northern Iraq As harvest time approaches for farmers in northern Iraq, the security crisis caused by the extremist […]

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KRG Agricultural Output Rises

By John Lee. At a meeting of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Council of Ministers (pictured), the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Abdul-Sattar Majid, presented the plans of his ministry to improve the agriculture sector, and outlined the challenges that face the agriculture sector in the Kurdistan Region. The ministry’s ultimate goal, which is guaranteeing […]

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Fighting Robs Farmers of Harvest

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Approximately 60% of the residents of the Salahuddin province, 175 kilometers (109 miles) north of Baghdad, work in farming. Salahuddin was ranked the top producing province in agriculture in 2012, and earned […]

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ISIL Controls Vital Agricultural Resources

By Patrick Schmidt. While the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) conquest of oil fields and major dams has garnered the attention of the international community, the seizure of some of Iraq’s most valuable farmland has not received the same amount of attention. ISIL has large portions of Iraq’s top five most productive […]

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Water and Wheat: ISIS Weapons?

By John Schnittker, Chief Economist at Schnittker Associates, and former Ministry Advisor at the US Embassy in Baghdad. With much of Iraq’s wheat production coming from Northern Iraq and nearly all of Iraq’s water resources flowing through areas under ISIS control, Iraq’s food security may be facing a severe threat. Iraq has about two thirds of […]

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Syria to Sell Excess Wheat to Iraq

By John Lee. According to Lebanon’s The Daily Star, Syria is to tender 100,000 tonnes of soft wheat and 100,000 tonnes of durum wheat to the Iraqi market. Sources quoted inside Syria said that the wheat was excess from last year’s harvest that was due for distribution in various parts of Syria, but that this […]

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