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Iraq achieves Self-Sufficiency in Strategic Crops

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Minister of Trade Mohammed Hashim al-Ani announced July 5 that the ministry received about 4 million tons of local wheat, a step that signals the country is ready to achieve […]

New $100m Edible Oils Plant to Open end-2016

By John Lee. Iraq’s Etihad Food Industries will reportedly start production at its new $100-million edible oils refinery in Babylon by the end of the year. Commercial Director Haidar Alnoumany told Reuters that the company started building the infrastructure two months ago, and when in production it will source crude (edible) oil from many origins […]

Iraq may Export Sugar

By John Lee. The new Etihad sugar refinery in Babylon said on Thursday it had imported 850,000 tonnes of raw sugar since the start of operations earlier this year, according to a report from Reuters. The plant, which is currently operating close to full capacity of around 3,000 tonnes a day, will see expansion work […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iraq Buys 200,000 Tonnes of Wheat

By John Lee. The Iraqi Grain Board has bought 200,000 tonnes of hard wheat from Canada, the United States and Australia, Reuters reported on Monday: 100,000 tonnes of Canadian wheat, from trading house Richardson at $331.65 a tonne c&f free out (ciffo); 50,000 tonnes of US wheat, from trading house Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) at $333.87 […]

France to arm Kurdish Forces

By John Lee. The New York Times has reported that French President Francois Hollande has endorsed the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s new PM, and with Baghdad’s approval France is now ready to send arms to Kurdish forces. The move comes after the Kurdish President Massoud Barzani remarked that the Peshmerga were not sufficiently […]

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 […]

Iraq Buys 120,000 Tons of Rice

By John Lee. Iraq has purchased 120,000 tons of rice from the United States, Uruguay and Vietnam, according to Business Recorder. At the closing of the Iraq State Grain Board tender, 30,000 tons of the rice had been acquired from the US, 30,000 tons had come from Vietnam and a further 60,000 tons came from Uruguay, […]

6 Million Iraqis Vulnerable to Food Insecurity

On World Environment Day, the United Nations is highlighting the importance of sustainable environmental management to ensure food security. Nearly 6 million Iraqis face food deprivation and vulnerability. “The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day focuses on minimizing food waste,” said Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Iraq and […]

Iraq On Track for Big Wheat Crop

By John Schnittker, Chief Economist at Schnittker Associates, and former Ministry Advisor at the US Embassy in Baghdad. Iraq’s 2013 winter grain prospects appear to be good to excellent condition at this time. Late fall and early winter rains as well as irrigation supplies have been adequate to support increased plantings and good early growth […]