Agriculture confirms the success of plans to support date production and expects it to rise to one million tons this year
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Economy News _ Baghdad
The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed, on Tuesday, the success of the plan to increase the production of dates, which is expected to rise to about one million tons during the current year.
The spokesman for Agriculture, Hamid Al-Nayef, said in an interview with the Iraqi News Agency, and followed by "Al-Iqtisad News", that "the palm sector witnessed a remarkable recovery and an increase in production in quantity and quality, after the efforts made by the ministry, as it dealt with the consequences of the successive wars that passed through Iraq, which led to To the owners of orchards leaving their orchards and razing operations, in addition to the spread of the Humira and Dubas insects in previous years, to undertake and with self-efforts to combat the two insects.
Al-Naif added, "The ministry succeeded in eliminating the dubas bug by 85%, in addition to reducing the donkey bug annually, in addition to the palm borer and other insects that infect palms, as well as the support provided by the ministry to the owners of orchards from fertilizers and exempting them from being included in the water plan, while Water is given to the orchards exceptionally out of plan."
He continued: "In 2019, production started with (600) thousand tons, and in 2020, the production reached (735) thousand tons, and (600) thousand tons were exported to a number of countries in the world because the Iraqi dates are of good quality in terms of taste and as a result of export.
The Iraqi farmer was interested in palm trees and the number of investors increased.
He pointed out that "The ministry is optimistic this year and is proud of achieving an increase in the production of dates according to the data that suggest that pregnancy is good for most palms in addition to the control, and therefore we believe that the increase in date palms compared to last year reached 30%, which is approximately one million tons production.
He stressed that "there are preparations in full swing by the Plant Protection Department, which prepares dusting, in addition to granting exporters licenses for this matter," noting that
"the preparations will be great for exporting large quantities of dates to the world, especially since there is a reservation of some dates before production before Several countries, including Italy and the Netherlands, through Iraqi traders in Egypt."
He explained that "the increase in the production of dates from last year will, in turn, supplement the budget in hard currency, employ thousands of manpower, and encourage investors to establish new orchards and revive the dates sector in Iraq."
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