Tag Archives | Farming

Corn Production increasing in the Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) farmers, who used to grow wheat, barley, vegetables and fruits, are now growing dozens of other crops, including corn. The Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) needs one million tons of corn annually and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) has paid attention to this product and plans to […]

Training for Farmers in Erbil

FAO Iraq completed a 3-day training for the Farmer Field Schools Facilitators in Erbil The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Iraq concluded recently a three-day training of facilitators for the Farmers Field Schools (FFS), and continues the training programme for extension staff from the Ministry of Agriculture in Nineveh. 26 […]

Checkpoints Prevent Kurdish Traders from Exporting Produce

From Rudaw. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi checkpoints bar Kurdish traders from exporting vegetables, fruits Checkpoints between the Kurdistan Region and southern Iraq prohibit regular exports for Kurdish produce farmers. Several domestic produce items are in season but do not […]

Creating Alternative Livelihoods for Farming Families

Creating Alternative Livelihoods for Farming Families in Iraq In 2017, conflict in Iraq caused new displacements, while other people returned home as areas became safe. At the end of 2017, 2.6 million people remained displaced, and 3.2 million people had returned home since January 2014. FAO worked with affected communities, focusing on elderly people, people […]

IFAD begins Investment in Iraq

IFAD to begin investment in Iraq to address challenges of agriculture and rural development The development of the first strategic roadmap for investment in smallholder agriculture and rural development in Iraq is the focus of a high-level meeting being held in Amman from 18 to 20 October. Organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development […]

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 […]

Security Crisis Sees Harvests Halved

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Extremists Go Against The Grain: Security Crisis Sees Farmers' Harvests Halved in Northern Iraq As harvest time approaches for farmers in northern Iraq, the security crisis caused by the extremist […]

Iraqi Farmers "in Dire Need of Support"

Wheat seeds, fertilizer and animal feed are starting to roll out to nearly 28,000 farming families in Iraq whose livelihoods have been left in tatters as a result of hostilities -- part of an effort from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aimed at reinforcing food production and helping people recover. But the Organization […]

Fighting Robs Farmers of Harvest

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Approximately 60% of the residents of the Salahuddin province, 175 kilometers (109 miles) north of Baghdad, work in farming. Salahuddin was ranked the top producing province in agriculture in 2012, and earned […]

ISIL Controls Vital Agricultural Resources

By Patrick Schmidt. While the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) conquest of oil fields and major dams has garnered the attention of the international community, the seizure of some of Iraq’s most valuable farmland has not received the same amount of attention. ISIL has large portions of Iraq’s top five most productive […]