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Iraqi Dates Shrivel Awaiting Processing

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Arabian Peninsula, which includes part of southern Iraq, was once known for having the most palm trees in the world. The documented panoply of dates comes from 600 types of palm trees, out […]

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17k Tons of Iraqi Dates Exported

By John Lee. Aswat al-Iraq reports that an estimated 17.000 tons of dates were exported last month to Asian countries, and the exports are still continuing. Before the Iran-Iraq war, about 500,000 tons of dates are typically exported annually, but damage to the date plantations resulted decreased this  figure. (Source: Aswat Al Iraq) (Dates image […]


Agriculture Ministry Allocates $285m for Dates

AKnews reports that the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture has announced the allocation of $285 million [350 billion Iraqi dinars] for the rehabilitation of the country’s palm groves. Ministry spokesman Karim al-Tamimi told the agency that $177.3m of the allocation will fund an investment plan put together by the General Authority of Palms, $76.3m will be […]


Help MSMEs Rise to the Eco-Challenge

By T. Keyzom Ngodup, co-founder and Executive Director at Ideas sYnergy, an Iraq based private sector development consulting company. I was pleasantly ‘perplexed’ to learn that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, approved (on February 7, 2011) an agricultural project for developing biofuel from rotting dates. The ‘dates-to-biofuel’ project implemented by an unnamed company based in UAE, […]

Iraq Govt Spends $95m on Dates

Iraq’s Agriculture Minister has allocated 112 billion Iraqi Dinars (IQD) [over $95m] to purchase dates from the local growers. The deputy head of the ministry’s finance and management board told AKnews that the decision is to support and encourage the farmers and boost the agriculture sector. Each ton of first grade dates will be purchased […]

Iraq Signs Order for Eurocopters

Eurocopter has just signed an agreement to supply seven AS350 B3 Ecureuil helicopters to the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture. The choppers will be used for spraying date palm trees, which provide a major source of agricultural revenue for the country. Deliveries of these single-engine rotary-wing aircraft will begin in the first quarter of 2011, with […]

Dates in Basra

An official in the Iraqi Ports Department reported on Wednesday that a ship carrying Iraqi dates is en-route for one of the Gulf States, the first shipment of this once world-famous Iraqi product to leave the country since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. AKnews reports that the director of the Department’s media office, Ammar al-Safi, […]