Tag Archives | Date palms

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

$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)

Kuwaiti Investor plans $58m Project in Basra

By John Lee. A Kuwaiti businessman is reportedly planning to grow 100,000 date palms and build a nature reserve complete with ostriches and deer in southern Badia, 150 km from the city of Basra. According to Reuters, Abdul-Aziz al-Babtain is investing $58 million in the project, which will see the palms grown over the next […]

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 […]