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Iraq to Boost Wheat Planting by 1 Million Hectares Next Year
USAgNet - 10/04/2022

Iraq plans to plant one million hectares with wheat and “a very small amount" of barley in its 2022-2023 winter crop planting season, the ministry of water resources said in a Sunday statement.

Reuters reports that the nation's cabinet directed the trade ministry to import wheat to store for the future.

Iraq, a major Middle East grain importer, has faced water shortages for several years. The ministry of water resources said on Friday that 2022 was the driest year Iraq has witnessed since 1930.

Iraq harvested 625,000 hectares in the 2021-2022 season, according to the agriculture ministry.

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