BAGHDAD, Iraq (November 23, 2011) – The U.S. government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is participating in the 4th Iraq Agro-Food Expo in Erbil, showcasing the success of the USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program and highlighting beneficiaries. The success of this program is an example of US-Iraqi cooperation, under the auspices of the Strategic Framework Agreement, in support of domestic agricultural production in Iraq.
The Iraq Agro-Food Expo, one of the largest agricultural trade shows in Iraq, got underway November 21 with hundreds of industry-related businesses, associations, and government representatives gathering in Erbil.
Announced for Agricultural Services in Basra on Saturday, for the success of the crop strawberries for the first time in the province, and as shown the Department of Agriculture is ready to support wishing the implementation of similar projects, considered the Agricultural Engineers Association experience a step toward diversification of agricultural production in categorical desert from Basra.
The Executive Director of Al-Faris Agricultural Services Jafar Shaddad Knight in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "the company has succeeded for the first time in Basra, the production yield of strawberry by 275 kg a day after a 30 protected farm for this purpose within the laboratory farm is located in the area of Safwan, about 60 km west of Basra, "noting that" the company recently beg
As part of its on-going effort and support to revive Iraq’s aquaculture industry, USAID-Inma staff delivered more than 500 Hungarian broodstock fish to a fish hatchery in Erbil last week. The Hungarian broodstock fish will be cross-bred with local fish in the area to help improve its overall health and quality. The cross-breeding program has been very successful in the central and southern regions of the country, whichboasts 70 percent of the nation’s fish farms. As a result of the USAID-Inma intervention, the hatcheries in Babil produced approximately 180 million fingerlings in 2011, significantly increasing the amount of fresh fish available in the local markets. The increase in production has boosted job creation across the fish value chain, especially during the harvest season.
Melons are big in Diwaniyah governorate and getting bigger, thanks to the USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program.
The governorate is one of the major melon producing are-as in the country where farmers plant more than an esti-mated 16,000 donums of melon annually. However, before 2010, only local varieties were grown there, which produced low yields – approximately 2.5 metric tons per donum.
Mahmmon Majeed, a young and eager farmer, wanted to expand his Dahuk feedlot business to add a butcher shop for the residents of Dahuk. This wasn’t an easy operation for Mahmmon to create the Blann Butcher Shop. The skills involved in breaking down carcasses takes time and effort in order to have the types of products consumers want to buy.
Before Mahmmon first started the butcher shop, he used outdated tools and various knives to cut the meats to the specifications of his customers. However, he soon discovered that his cutting method was wasting a large part of the carcass. He needed help, so he turned to USAID-Inma for guidance.
Prior to opening and throughout the first months of operation the USAID-Inma meat processing s
The fish industry in Iraq floundered over the past decade. Farmers were faced with a multitude of problems including disease, the lack of electricity, poor feed quality, lack of water and several economic hardships, such as high operations costs, low prices and transportation issues.
The fish industry had always been a staple for the nation’s economy, but something needed to be done to revive it.
In 2008, USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program began a partnership with Iraq’s largest and best designed hatcheries to help improve carp fingerling production in Iraq. The hatcheries had been operating at less than 20 percent of capacity due to conflict, sanctions and the shortage of water. The hatcheries produced less than 2 million carp fingerlings, which is
The olive industry in Iraq is beginning to grow and prosper, and much of the credit for the growth belongs to the USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program.
In 2009, in accordance with Congressional mandate to work with religious minorities in Iraq, USAID-Inma specifically targeted funding to help an olive producer in Ninawa province called the Al-Zaytoon Olive Association. The funding, which totaled $700,000, helped fund new equipment, technical assistance and other development needs.
Olive groves are concentrated in northern Iraq in the Bashiqa area of Ninawa province. Olive trees have been growing in the area for more than five hundred years.