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Dry Iraq Tries New Drought Resistant Grains

Iraq this year plans to start sowing a new generation of grain seeds it hopes will be more resistant to drought and soil salinity and could help bolster its wheat crop in a couple of years, an agriculture official said. The Iraqi government’s meteorological department last week said it expected three years of drought, and

Iraq To Double Wheat Production

Iraq expects to double its wheat production this year to around 2.5 million tonnes, meeting half its consumption needs, thanks to good rains, a deputy agriculture minister said May 19. Iraq’s agriculture sector, hurt by decades of war, sanctions and neglect, has suffered severe drought in the last two years, hitting wheat and rice production