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Iraq issues tender for 30,000 tonnes rice -source

The offer remains valid until Aug. 22, the source said.

August 2, 2010 2:14 by



Iraq issued a tender on Monday to buy 30,000 tonnes of rice from all origins with a closing date of Aug. 15, an Iraqi Grain Board source said.

The offer remains valid until Aug. 22, the source said.

Iraq, which is trying to revive its agriculture sector after years of war, economic sanctions and drought, is one of the world’s leading importers of rice and wheat.

Its population of around 30 million consumes at least 1 million tonnes of rice annually.

The agriculture sector suffers from high soil salinity, poor irrigation practices and a lack of proper seeds and fertilizer.

(Reporting by Khalid al-Ansary, writing by Jim Loney, editing by Jane Baird)



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