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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

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Video: Amber Rice Crop Devastated by Drought

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In southern Iraq, fields where rice has been sown for centuries now lie bare for lack of water…. This season many farmers have not planted the treasured amber rice local to Diwaniyah province because […]

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Drought Threatens 1m Acres in Kurdistan

By John Lee. Nearly 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) of land in the Kurdistan Region have reportedly been rendered barren due to drought. Faruq Ali, Director of Crop Production at the Ministry of Agriculture and Water resources, told Rudaw: “Due to the lack of rainfall during this year’s plantation season, I predict that nearly 60 […]

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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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Karbala Locals Plan Ahead for Serious Drought

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. A Cruel, Cruel Summer? In Karbala, Iraq, Locals Plan Ahead for Serious Drought The district of Husseiniya, north-east of the southern Iraqi city of Karbala, used to look more like […]

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Iraq to Buy 3m Tons of Wheat as Production Declines

The Director General of Iraq’s Grain Board expects wheat production to fall by 16 percent to 1.5 million metric tons this year because of drought, forcing the country to boost imports to 3 million tons. “Unfortunately, there is a drought this year in the northern provinces,” Ibrahim told Bloomberg. “Last year production was around 1.78 million […]

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