Iraq’s 2012 rice harvest barely meets a fraction of the domestic needs, figures by Trade Ministry reveal.
The ministry expressed in a statement that Iraq’s local rice produce totaled 149,000 tons in 2012 while the domestic consumption was predicted at more than two million tons a year.
Rice yields in 2012 were higher than 2011 in which 112,000 tons were transported to state silos, the treasury billions of dollars every year.
The government alone imports above two million tons of rice for covering its food ration system.
Government imports also include near about 4.5 million tons of wheat, 800,000 tons of sugar, 500,000 tons of baby milk formula and 600,000 of cooking oil.
The private sector is deeply engaged in food imports but the ministry gave no figures on the volume of food that enters Iraq via private trading.