Iraq's dates are equivalent to 9% of global production, after it used to supply the world with 75% of its needs.. Will it recover its previous position?
Yes Iraq: Baghdad
18 million palm trees stand in Iraq, producing about 9% of the total global production of dates, at a time when Iraq supplied the world with 75% of its need of dates in the late 1970s.
The official spokesman for the ministry, Hamid Al-Nayef, said in a statement to the official newspaper, which was followed by "Yes Iraq", that "the ministry has prepared a plan to increase the production rates of dates of distinct varieties and raise their export rates by supporting their farmers," noting that
new orchards have been established to increase the production rate of dates, especially A number of them, which were productive, were bulldozed and destroyed due to the many wars that the country went through over the past decades, in addition to the emigration of their owners to work in other professions.”
Al-Nayef states that “last year, Iraq exported 600,000 tons of dates of various types to ten countries,” stressing that
“there is an increasing demand to import Iraqi dates after the production and export process witnessed great interest from the ministry and its farmers, which contributed to bringing Iraq back into the global hierarchy after To go back a lot from before.”
While Iraq, until the late seventies of the last century, supplied the world with 75% of its need of dates, with a quantity of nearly one million tons, it then fell to the ninth place, and now it has reached the fourth globally in production after Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The global production rate of dates is 8.5 million tons, and the Arab region accounts for more than 77% of date production, which is approximately 6.6 million, and
Egypt’s production of dates represents 1.7 million tons, representing 20% of the production of dates globally, ranking first in the world, while
Saudi Arabia’s production is 1.5 One million tons, representing 17% of the world’s production of dates, and
Iran’s production is 1.2 million tons, or 14% of the global production, while
Iraq produces about 750 thousand tons, with a production rate of 9% of the world production, ranking fourth.
It is surprising that Iraq exported about 80% of its production of dates instead of consuming it locally, as it exported 600,000 tons during the last season.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the price of one ton of Iraqi dates amounts to about one million dinars, especially that the price of one kilo of them ranges between 1,500 to 2,000 dinars in the local markets, which encouraged the farmer to increase production rates and pay attention to date palms and the multiplication of highly productive, desirable and globally desirable varieties.
On this basis, it is assumed that Iraq sold its dates during the last season for about 500 billion dinars, or half a trillion Iraqi dinars.