For the first time in half a century .. Iraq does not import wheat and prepares to export barley

For the first time in half a century .. Iraq does not import wheat and prepares to export barley

4/23/2020 15:23

For the first time in half a century .. Iraq does not import wheat and prepares to export barley[Baghdad-Ain]
Minister of Agriculture Saleh Al-Hassani announced, on Thursday, that around 850,000 tons of barley will be exported abroad, while he indicated that Iraq for the first time had not imported wheat in 50 years.
Al-Hassani said in a statement, “The Ministry of Agriculture has developed a strategic plan since 2018 to dispense with imports in anticipation of the closure of the borders or other emergency conditions that the country may pass.”
He added that “the Ministry of Agriculture worked to prevent the import of more than 25 items that were sufficient to produce locally and in record time”, noting that “the Corona crisis has become a true test of the ministry’s capabilities in achieving food security.”
He continued, “The realization of self-sufficiency made Iraq not interested in importing,” revealing that “Iraq for the first time has not imported wheat in 50 years and what has been sown to meet the local need and the ration card.”
And that “the production of table eggs was 10% of the needs of the citizens, but the Ministry, in its strategic plan, raised its production to 90% and became available in all Iraqi markets.”
Regarding the barley crop and farmers’ problems, Al-Hassani confirmed that “the Ministry of Agriculture will start next week to export about 850,000 tons of barley crop abroad.”
He explained that “agriculture worked to restore confidence between it and the farmers to increase production by handing them the financial dues according to the specified times and supporting them by preventing the import of crops grown internally.”

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