The Iraqi “orange” basin loses 70% of its seasonal production
Sweetened Last update 02/12/2022 | 6:42 pm
Information / Diyala..
On Saturday, a government official confirmed that orange plantations in Diyala had lost 70% of their seasonal production.
Shaker Al-Tamimi, director of Al-Abra sub-district (17 km northeast of Baquba), told Al-Information that "Al-Abra and its villages constitute the largest agricultural basin at the level of Diyala and central Iraq in the production of citrus fruits, especially oranges, because they are located within the borders of the Diyala and Khurasan rivers."
Al-Tamimi added that "the orange basin lost 70% of its seasonal production due to the severe drought crisis, which was very harsh on thousands of orchards, especially with the growth of the fruits to the stage of maturity," noting that
"the production is the lowest in recent years."
He pointed out the need for "the government to adopt early plans to confront the exacerbation of the drought crisis next summer, amid a real state of concern that it will lead to an almost complete loss of citrus orchards in the ferry and the rest of Diyala regions."
The ferry is considered the most important area in Diyala with citrus cultivation and production, especially oranges, which reach thousands of tons annually.