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Iraq to Increase Wheat Imports

By John Lee. Iraq is expected to significantly increase its imports of wheat, as it reportedly cuts the irrigated area it plants with wheat by half in the 2018-2019 growing season due to the continuing water shortages. Deputy Agriculture Minister Mahdi al-Qaisi told Reuters: “The shortage of water resources, climate change and drought are the […]

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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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The Secret History behind Iraq’s Stalled Water Project

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. By Histyar Qader and Awara Hamid. The Secret History Behind The Stalled Project To Solve Iraq’s Water Problems Despite ever-increasing water supply problems, the construction of one of the biggest […]

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Multi-Billion Dollars Needed to Keep Water Flowing

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. By Ibrahim Saleh. Multi-Billion Dollar Budget Needed To Keep Iraq’s Water Flowing In Baghdad, locals have been fretting about dramatic falls in the level of the Tigris river. The government […]

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Water Shortages: Iraq Bans planting of Rice, Corn

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources has reportedly banned farmers from planting rice and corn, due to increasing shortages in the country. According to Reuters, Minister Hassan al-Janabi (pictured) has decided to prioritise drinking water, industry and the growing of vegetables. The Agriculture Ministry is said to be embarrassed about the decision, especially […]

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Turkey “Postpones” filling of Ilisu Dam

By John Lee. Turkey has reportedly postponed the filling of the Ilisu Dam on the Tigris river until July, as fears of major water shortages in Iraq increase. According to a report from The National, water levels of the Tigris have reduced significantly since last week, sparking renewed panic among Iraqis. The Turkish Ambassador to Iraq, […]

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Turkish Dam causes Water Shortage in Iraq

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi chaired a meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security (pictured) on Sunday, focusing on the water shortage in Iraq. The Council viewed a presentation by the Minister of Water Resources, Hassan Al Janabi, which included a plan to address the expected water scarcity for the current summer. […]

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$66m for Tharthar Lake Water Management Project

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet held its weekly regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Al-Abadi. It discussed energy, housing, transport, security, financial reforms and delivery of public services, and also reviewed several reconstruction projects across Iraq. The cabinet approved measures to accelerate the transition to electronic payment of […]

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Japan Supports Development of Water Supply and Irrigation

JICA to Support Reconstruction through Development and Rehabilitation of Water Supply and Irrigation Facilities: On 3 May, 2018, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Iraqi Government signed two loan agreements at Ministry of Finance in Baghdad. These two ODA (Official Development Assistance) loans, amounting to JPY 34,880 million (approximately USD 329 million) in […]

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Iraq’s Mosul Dam Lake Shrinking

The reservoir impounded by Iraq’s Mosul Dam has shrunk 60 percent in surface area from the late 1990s to present day, according to a report from the World Resources Institute (WRI): There are several factors behind this trend, including poor water resource management by the Iraqi government and intense regional droughts. But it’s Turkey’s Southeast […]

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Biwater, Wood Partnership to Improve Iraq’s Water Infrastructure

A strategic partnership has been established between Biwater and Wood to work together in Iraq to address acute water shortages, beginning with the supply of water to the Basrah region. This important agreement between two leading UK infrastructure firms, demonstrates the scale of international interest and support in Iraq’s extensive infrastructure reconstruction efforts, and follows […]

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