MESOPOTAMIAN MINUTE – CURRENT NEWS ON AGRICULTURE & USDA IN IRAQ
Office of Agricultural Affairs
U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq
Sunday – June 19, 2011
BASRAH DATE FARMING
For the second time in six months, PRT Basrah hosted California date palm experts from Phoenix Agrotech, and facilitated meetings with numerous local and national Iraqi date palm farmers, agribusinesses and government officials.
Because southern California’s soils, climate and water situation are very similar to Basrah’s, the visit by these experts is critical to the improvement of the date economy. California agriculturalists have developed over the past 80 years an extensive body of knowledge regarding water management and soil salinity, which is applicable to southern Iraq’s situation. Iraqi funded project plans for model date farms and modern alfalfa and wheat farms are being developed.
More than 50 key Iraqis who attended the strategic partnering meeting now have a vision of what agriculture could be in southern Iraq.
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