October 14, 2010


Iraq purchases 200,000 tonnes wheat


Iraq has bought 200,000 tonnes of wheat from the US, Australia and Ukraine, said Muthanna Jabbar, director general of Iraq's grains trading board, Wednesday (Oct 13).


Jabbar said Iraq had bought 100,000 tonnes from the US, 50,000 tonnes from Australia, and the remaining 50,000 tonnes from Ukraine. All purchases were on CIF terms.


"The trade minister has signed wheat deals from different origins. The purpose is to improve the quality of the blend and get the best flour quality," Jabbar said.


Iraq, one of the world's biggest importers of wheat, issued a tender on October 5 to buy 100,000 tonnes of wheat – a figure usually signifying a required minimum.


It is trying to revive its agricultural sector after years of war, economic sanctions and drought. Farming is plagued by high soil salinity, poor irrigation practices and a lack of proper seeds and fertiliser.


Most of its grain purchases are to supply a public food rationing programme.