Iraq is preparing to export a crop in a precedent that has not happened in decades
Time: 09/13/2020 10:21:48
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(Baghdad: Al Furat News) Iraq is preparing to export the barley crop, which is surplus to the local market's needs, in a precedent that is the first of its kind and has not happened for decades.
The Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad Karim, revealed, in a press statement, "the mechanisms and details of barley export that will be exclusively carried out by Iraqi exporters after fulfilling the conditions. The public auction of the quantity of barley will be announced according to the directives of the Council of Ministers for the purpose of exporting to all countries."
And, "the bidding will start next week at the ministry’s headquarters for each quantity of 50 thousand tons, and the countries that have applied to Iraq to import barley are: Iran, Saudi Arabia and Qatar."
He pointed out that "the ministry's stores and silos also received the entire quantity of the wheat crop estimated at more than five million tons, which is a strategic storage for food security for Iraq after achieving self-sufficiency, as the Ministry of Trade grinds it and distributes it within the ration card after Iraq two years ago imported from Abroad more than three million tons of wheat annually.
As for the date crop that has distinguished Iraq for centuries, it has returned to the export front again, as a meeting will be held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture with exporters to determine the controls that will be implemented and the quantities that will be issued in order for Iraqi dates to reach very high specifications, and according to the Minister of Agriculture Muhammad Karim, Fumigation and examination of dates exported to importing countries, so that prices are balanced with neighboring countries,” indicating that
“the export of dates for the current agricultural season will begin on 10/1/2020, and then the dates will be fully mature and the timing of their entry is appropriate to the global market for dates.”