Iraq Plans to Become a Grain Exporter

Iraq’s wheat production will total 1.8 million metric tons this year, and the country is expected to become an exporter of the grain by 2015, Deputy Agriculture Minister, Ghazi al-Abudi, said at a press conference in Baghdad.

Bloomberg reports the minister as saying that otput is on course to reach 2.25 million to 2.5 million tons at the end of the season this year, adding that “production is due to reach 3 million tons next year and Iraq is expected to become a wheat exporter by 2015 in line with government plans”.

Iraq produced 1.875 million tons last year, Amer Abdul Aziz, spokesman for the Grain Board of Iraq, said last week. The harvest so far this season covers about 40 percent of the total national demand of about 4.5 million tons, he said.

The country will probably import another 1 million tons of wheat before the end of the year after buying 1.5 million tons so far in 2011, Hasan Ibrahim, the board’s general director, said on 7th June.

Iraq tendered last week for 100,000 tons of wheat from all origins, with a bidding deadline of July 30.

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