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Kurdistan

More than 90 percent of Kurdistan’s food is imported

By Rawa Abdulla 27/11/2015
The Kurdistan region imports almost all of its food.
The Kurdistan region imports almost all of its food.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— More than 90 percent of food consumed in the Kurdistan region is imported, according to data compiled by the region’s ministry of agriculture.

“The population has grown and our production has not,” said Anwar Omar, general manager at the ministry.

The need for food products will be even higher in 2020 when the population climbs to 6 million people from its current 5.4 million, Omar added.

“On average, most countries allocate 10 percent of their annual budgets for development of agricultural goods, but we have less than 2 percent in Kurdistan which indeed is catastrophic,” Omar said   

The KRG offers subsidies to farmers estimated at $250 million a year. The government invested $677 million between 2006-2013 and is projected to invest an estimated $1.2 billion by 2020. 

Omar said the economic crisis in the country has prevented his ministry from addressing the major issues of the region’s agricultural infrastructure.

The region has a surplus in wheat, potato, eggs and onions, which can also be exported to other areas in Iraq, according to ministry data. Its production of chicken, cucumber and tomatoes can also largely supply the domestic market. 

Ministry data shows agriculture contributes to 10 percent of the total GDP in the region, with 9 percent of the population relying on farming for its livelihood.

“According to our own research, with 3.3 trillion dinars ($ 2.7 billion) over a 5-year period, Kurdistan can reach self-sufficiency in most agricultural areas,” said Omar, who recently presented his ministry’s plan to the government.

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Reality | 27/11/2015
Thank you KDP and PUK for the rentier state you have installed in KRG.
Hoshyar Zaxoy | 27/11/2015
I don't get it. You say "The region has a surplus in wheat, potato, eggs and onions, which can also be exported to other areas in Iraq, according to ministry data. Its production of chicken, cucumber and tomatoes can also largely supply the domestic market". So how come 90% is imported??
Bomtasic | 27/11/2015
When i saw a reportage about Turkey sells food, thats nonsense. Let me tell you that turks buy food from us kurds in Iran and Iran itself alot. These monkeys are kept alive with Nato and Israel. KRG you should not deppend on Turkey and grow your own food, even make a weapon industry like ammo first.
cornus-mas | 27/11/2015
I'm a kurdish farmer and I work and live in europe ( apple tree culture) We have big potential in our lands (grenade, grapes, kaki, apricot...) I whold love to come here, even if I earn a miserable amount of money. I really respect the land my parent chosen when they imigrated but I HAVE TO GO TO MY HOMELAND
Truth | 27/11/2015
WHAT A JOKE! its crystal clear...the ruling families are not able to steal and pillage from the Agg industry or maybe the profit margins may not be worth their while...especially when you have low hanging fruit (oil)!!! Shame on these fake monarch's and the KRG for supporting them!
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