Iraq: Grain and Feed Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   IZ2022-0001

Continued drought and water shortages is affecting economic activities in Iraq, especially grain production in 2022. The Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture cut agricultural cropping in irrigated areas to 50 percent less than the previous year due to shortages in surface water. Post forecasts MY 2022/23 wheat production to be 3.25 million metric tons, much less than previous seasons, which will drive up imports. Sharp increases in the price of food items and agriculture inputs in local and international markets, in addition to the devaluation of the Iraqi Dinar and the lifting of agricultural subsidies, add to the constraints on production. However, grain and feed demand continues to rise.

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