Rain Boosts Iraq’s Grain Output

Iraq’s grain imports will decline after rainfall boosted crop production, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said.

Bloomberg, citing a report from the UN’s Global Information and Early Warning System, says imports will fall to 4.91 million metric tons in the year ending on June 30, down 6.1 percent from the prior 12 months.

Wheat shipments will total about 3.6 million tons and rice purchases will be about 1.2 million tons, the report showed.

Grain output will total 4 million tons, up 79 percent from the prior year, according to the report. Wheat production will climb to 2.5 million tons from 1.4 million tons, and growers will collect 1.1 million tons of barley, more than double the previous year’s figure.

“Following two drought-affected years, the output of 2010 winter crops is estimated at well-above-average levels,” the FAO said. “The good performance of 2010 winter grains was mainly due to almost-ideal weather conditions in key growing areas in northern rain-fed governorates that led to very high yields.”

(Source: Bloomberg)

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