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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 […]

NPM Approved for Food Imports

By John Lee. Nawah Port Management (NPM) has reportedly won approval from the Iraqi government to import food cargo at its Basra port container terminal. Nicholas Kunesh, NPM’s president and CEO, said: “This is an important moment for Basra and Iraq writ large. Given Iraq’s growing disposable income, particularly within the expanding middle class, demand […]

Iraq may Resume Imports of Brazilian Beef

By John Lee. ANBA reports that a delegation of Iraqi government officials will visit Brazil from June 2nd to 12th to assess the sanitary conditions of Brazilian livestock and consider lifting the embargo on beef imports in place since 2012. They will see the beef shipping system at the Santos Port, pay visits to a […]

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Iraq Rejects all Rice Offers

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Iraq’s grain board has rejected all offers in an international tender to buy at least 30,000 tonnes of rice on Friday. The tender closed on Sunday and offers had to remain valid until Thursday. According to traders, the lowest offer was $725 a tonne c&f free out (ciffo) for […]

Iraq “Wants to Import Food from Azerbaijan”

By John Lee. APA reports that Iraq is interested in importing agricultural products from Azerbaijan. At the first meeting of Azerbaijan-Iraq Intergovernmental Commission, a representative of Iraq’s Agriculture Ministry said there is a need for citrus fruits, fish, meat and other products in Iraq. A senior advisor at Azerbaijan’s Agriculture Ministry offered to export fruit, vegetable, […]

Iraqi Rice Planting Below Target

By John Lee. Oryza reports that Iraq’s rice planting, at around 80,000 hectares, is 24 percent below the Ministry of Agriculture target of 106,000 hectares. According to the USDA, Iraq is expected to produce about 180,000 tons of rice (milled basis) in 2013-14, and import around 1.4 million tons to meet domestic demand. Iraq imports about […]

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Iraq Buys 250,000t of Wheat from Russia

The Iraqi Grain Board has reportedly bought 250,000 tons of wheat from Russia. Aswat Al Iraq says the purchase was made following a bid to buy 500,000 tons of wheat, which was closed last week. According to Russia Today News Agency, the shipments will be made between 1st and 31st July, 2013, and delivered in […]

Iraq to Buy 150,000t of Thai rice

By John Lee. Iraq has bought 150,000 tonnes of rice from Thailand in a nominal tender for at least 30,000 tonnes, a source at the trade ministry has told Reuters. The rice is to be purchased from two sources: Olam International is to supply 120,000 tonnes; and, Ameropa is to supply the remaining 30,000 tonnes. […]

Iraq Buys 350,000 Tons of Wheat

By John Lee. Iraq’s state grains board has purchased a total of 350,000 tons of wheat from Australia, Russia and Canada in a tender for a nominal 50,000 tons which closed last week: 200,000 tons of Australian wheat purchased from Glencore at $404.89 cif; 50,000 tons of Russian wheat, also from Glencore, at $399 a tonne […]

Why Iraq’s Ration Card Can’t be Scrapped

By Hassan Latif al-Zubaidi. 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. It’s not the first time the Iraqi government has tried to abolish the ration card system. And it won’t be the last. Kufa University’s Hassan […]

Iraq’s Food Rationing Controversy

By John  Lee. Iraqis are divided over plans to reform the country’s largest social welfare programme. Iraq’s cabinet decided last week to remove the food rationing scheme in favour of a direct cash transfer to citizens, which would mean that from the start of March next year, all Iraqis would be entitled to a monthly […]

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