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Statement on the marketing of local wheat products

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources is investing in the marketing of local wheat farmers’ products as one of its most expansive strategic projects, which will help sell 500,000 tons of locally-produced wheat every year. The project will make use of three large factories in Erbil, Slemani, and Duhok, which mainly produce flour. Another factory will be established for the production of a variety of wheat-based products.

The project will help create thousands of job opportunities, with the assurances from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources that agricultural graduates from the Kurdistan Region will be employed. The price of wheat will also be adjusted to a higher price than that of flour to encourage domestic production by farmers. Currently, farmers produce between 1.6 million tons to 2 million tons of wheat every year, 500,000 of which will be recovered by the project to sell.