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 as rice and corn are considered strategic and farmers had already prepared to plant them.

(Source: Reuters)

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