Archive | Agriculture

Iraq Business News brings you the latest news on developments and opportunities in Iraq agriculture.

Ban on Importing Vegetables from April 1

A ban on importing vegetables will be imposed throughout Iraq starting from April 1, 2010. “The ban is part of Iraqi Agriculture Ministry’s policy to support local production,” the Ministry said in a release on Monday received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. It said that the ban would help Iraqi farmers get a financial returnt […]

Ban on Potato Seed Imports

Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture has banned the import of potato seeds and called for people to rely on local products. Potatoes will be subject to examination by an an ad hoc ministerial committee, according to a Ministry release on Sunday. “The decision was taken after an important meeting held by the Under Secretary of Agriculture […]

Phospate sales soar

The Industry Ministry announced that the General Company for Phosphate marketed more than 15 thousand tons of compound fertilizer in the past month. The Ministry also said the cotton industry has achieved sales of more than one billion dinars during the last month, and announced the arrival of a new machine to increase production capacity. […]

Hybrid Seed Corn Amazes Farmers

Iraqi farmers in Al Anbar Province successfully produced, harvested and sold hybrid seed corn to the Iraqi government late last year. This was the first time since the late 1970s to early 1980s that hybrid corn was produced and sold in Al Anbar Province. This was achieved with the guidance and advice of USDA Provincial […]

Vegetable Prices Soar – Imports Banned

A government ban on imports of vegetables has led to steep hikes in vegetable prices in the country. The government has issued a list of vegetables which cannot be imported in a bid to encourage farmers. Prices of items not included in the list are stable. A kilogram of tomatoes, a staple for Iraqi cuisine, […]

New ‘Dripping’ System in Wheat Production

Specialized teams in the agricultural department in Karbala have succeeded in the experimental production of wheat through the use of dripping techniques. “A research team, led by Eng. Darar Ali Hussein, has conducted the experiment on an area of more than 2 donums (1 donum =2,500 square meters),” a local media spokesperson told Aswat al-Iraq […]

Ministry Studies Market Needs

The Iraq Ministry of Agriculture has said that the domestic production of agricultural crops and eggs has started to supply a big part of the needs of the Iraqi market. A source in the Ministry said that banning the importation of some crops from neighbouring countries comes after studying the needs of the local market […]

$22m Loans from Agriculture Ministry

The ministry of agriculture announced on Wednesday that it agreed to give loans with more than 26 billion Iraqis dinars ($22m) for irrigation projects and to finance small farmers. “Agriculture Minister, Akram al-Hakim, agreed to give 1953 loans totalling more than 26 billion dinars,” said a ministry’s statement received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The […]

Foreign Investments Include Agriculture

Foreign investments do not include only industrial and oil projects in Iraq. Iraq’s Agriculture Ministry is offering land to foreign investors in order to improve the agricultural sector in the country. ( Al SumariaTV )

Agriculture Ministry Prevents Importing 5 Crops

The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to prevent importation of five kinds of vegetables to protect local produce according to the advisor to the agriculture minister. “The prevented crops include eggplant, pepper, okra and beans,” he explained. The prevention takes effect during the high production seasons. (Aswat Al Iraq)

International Agriculture Fair in April

The Ministry of Agriculture announced on Tuesday that it will organize its second annual agricultural fair next April in cooperation with the Ministry of Water Resources. Speaking at a press conference, attended by Aswat al-Iraq news agency, the advisor of the Ministry of Agriculture, Faisal Rashied Nasser, said “the Ministry decided to hold the fair […]

Study on Reducing Water Wastage

An official source from the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, it has instructed the Ministry of Water Resources in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, to study the possibility of measuring the amount of water withdrawn from water sources to the fields of farmers. The source said that the committee charged with developing an […]