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 main reasons behind this decision, our expectation is the area will shrink to half.”
The country already imports more than one million tonnes of wheat per year, with annual demand of around 4.5 to 5.0 million tonnes.