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Iraq-Bangladesh Trade grows Four-Fold

By John Lee. Trade between Iraq and Bangladesh has increases four-fold in the past two years, according to a statement from the Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile, The Business Standard reports that about 80 percent of the dates in the Bangladeshi market come from Iraq, which has increased to about $26 million in the […]

Video: Drought, War and Sanctions hurting Iraqi Date Industry

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq date industry: Drought, war and sanctions affecting exports Iraq has long been known as a major global exporter of dates. But water shortages, wars and sanctions have led to nearly 15 million […]

Iraqi Agri-Tech Company receives Investment

Nakhla, an Iraqi-based agri-tech social enterprise, has received a six-figure investment from Euphrates Ventures, an Iraq-focused venture fund. The investment was facilitated by the Iraqi Angel Investors Network (IAIN) and marks the first investment round completed by an Iraqi agri-tech startup. Nakhla is the Arabic name for date palm tree and has long been associated […]

Iraqi initiative to plant One Million Trees

By John Lee. Iraq has launched an initiative to plant one million trees and seedlings in order to increase green spaces, achieve sustainable development and reduce desertification. The Director General of the Non-Governmental Organizations Department, Mr. Ashraf Abdel Karim Al-Dahan, said the project includes environmental awareness, agricultural campaigns, and providing state institutions, universities, schools, public […]

Agricultural Value Chain Study in Iraq

New FAO and WFP study reveals opportunities to strengthen food value chains in Iraq The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Iraq (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) released today 'Agricultural value chain study in Iraq: Dates, Grapes, Tomatoes and Wheat.' This important review covering 2019-20 was conducted with […]

Iraq to Resume Export of Dates

Sourced by L. Bedrosian. The Iraqi Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Al-Khafaji, has said that Iraq will start exporting dates from 1st October, following a bumper harvest. A spokesman for the Ministry said the country expects to produce 700,000 tons of Iraqi dates this year. (Source: Ministry Of Agriculture)

Video: Conflict and Drought ravage Date Palms

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Sweet Iraqi dates adorn tables in homes across the country, but the fruit tree and national symbol has come under threat from conflict and crippling drought. View on YouTube

$8m Project to plant 70,000 Date Palms

By John Lee. An Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim foundation is reportedly planning to plant a total of 70,000 date palms south of Baghdad. According to Reuters, it has already planted 16,000 date trees outside Karbala [Kerbala]. The scheme is backed by a state loan of IQD 10 billion ($8.43 million). (Source: Reuters)

Iraqi Lab Produces Resilient Date Palms

By Simon Kent. Biologists at the University of Basra have produced lab grown date palms which they say can better endure disease and problems of salinity and climate change which have decimated a once thriving date industry. Iraq used to produce over a million tons of dates a year, until war and other adverse conditions […]

Iraqi Dates Shrivel Awaiting Processing

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Arabian Peninsula, which includes part of southern Iraq, was once known for having the most palm trees in the world. The documented panoply of dates comes from 600 types of palm trees, out […]

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17k Tons of Iraqi Dates Exported

By John Lee. Aswat al-Iraq reports that an estimated 17.000 tons of dates were exported last month to Asian countries, and the exports are still continuing. Before the Iran-Iraq war, about 500,000 tons of dates are typically exported annually, but damage to the date plantations resulted decreased this  figure. (Source: Aswat Al Iraq) (Dates image […]


Agriculture Ministry Allocates $285m for Dates

AKnews reports that the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture has announced the allocation of $285 million [350 billion Iraqi dinars] for the rehabilitation of the country’s palm groves. Ministry spokesman Karim al-Tamimi told the agency that $177.3m of the allocation will fund an investment plan put together by the General Authority of Palms, $76.3m will be […]