Iraq plans to boost wheat produce to 4.5 million tons

By Ali Shattab   Azzaman, April 2, 2012   Iraq says its agricultural development plan calls for the production of 4.5 million tons of wheat and substantial hikes in other cereals, said Agriculture Ministry Undersecretary Ghazi al-Aboudi.   Aboudi said the ministry was introducing “new irrigation techniques” that will lessen farmers dependence on erratic rainfall. [...]

Kurds resume shipping oil for export following payment of foreign company dues by Baghdad

By Ali Al-Yasseri   Azzaman, March 31, 2012   The threat by Kurds to halt shipping their oil via national pipelines for export has prompted the Iraqi government to pay $650 to foreign firms working in their semi-independent region.   The Kurds had signed several deals with foreign firms for the development of oil fields in [...]