Iraq to Achieve 'Self-Sufficiency' in Wheat

Iraq is expected to achieve self-sufficiency in wheat production during the next two years thanks to the government’s large subsidy to farmers and encouragement to cultivate grains, a trade ministry official said on Sunday.

“The targeted self-sufficiency can be achieved also due to an increase in prices of the amounts given to the trade ministry’s supply center to attain the objective of dependence on local production,” the grains trade company director Muthanna Abduljabbar was quoted in a trade ministry press release received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

He reiterated claims that Iraq is not affected by the global crisis in wheat supply caused by the drought and fires in Russia.

He pointed out that Iraq now has good strategic stock of wheat that would be sufficient for the coming months, resulting from the trade ministry’s policy of diversifying its imports.

The report also says that Iraq’s local production of wheat has reached 1.8 million tons, and is expected to grow to 2.5 million tons within the next couple of years, while Iraq’s needs hit 4 million tons annually, which seems to contradict claims of 'self-sufficiency' in two years.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

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