Iraq bans imports of over twenty agricultural and animal products

Iraqis, some wearing a protective mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, buy fresh produce from a street seller at a market in Karrada, in the capital Baghdad, Iraq, July 14, 2020. (Photo Credit: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty images)

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SULAIMANI — The federal Agriculture Ministry said on Monday (September 21) that it has banned the importation of twenty-one plant and animal products in order to support local farmers.

The newly-banned imports include cucumber, eggplant, henna, cauliflower, carrots, buckthorn, potatoes, lettuce, garlic, peppers, dates, tomatoes, rye, beetroot, zucchini, honey, and green beans, while the prohibited animal products prohibited include eggs, chickens, and fresh and frozen fish, according to a statement published by the Iraqi ministry.

“Imports of those products will be prohibited at all the border crossings,” read the statement.

Iraq previously banned imports of dates, wheat, tomato, potato, watermelon, fish, eggs, chickens, honey, and a number of vegetables, fruits, and grains.

(NRT Digital Media)